Why the Army of Tennessee Failed
by Larry J. Daniel
Pub Date 20 May 2019
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Operating in the vast and varied trans-Appalachian west, the Army of Tennessee was crucially important to the military fate of the Confederacy. But under the principal leadership of generals such as Braxton Bragg, Joseph E. Johnston, and John Bell Hood, it won few major battles, and many regard its inability to halt steady Union advances into the Confederate heartland as a matter of failed leadership. Here, esteemed military historian Larry J. Daniel offers a far richer interpretation. Surpassing previous work that has focused on questions of command structure and the force's fate on the fields of battle, Daniel provides the clearest view to date of the army's inner workings, from top-level command and unit cohesion to the varied experiences of common soldiers and their connections to the home front. Drawing from his mastery of the relevant sources, Daniel's book is a thought-provoking reassessment of an army's fate, with important implications for Civil War history and military history writ large.
Larry J. Daniel is author of six previous books of Civil War history, including Soldiering in the Army of Tennessee.
"Larry Daniel has produced another masterpiece: a deeply thought-provoking reassessment of the Confederacy's star-crossed Army of Tennessee. Daniel takes full account of work by previous historians, but he is not shy about pronouncing his own fresh judgments of the army’s generals, troops, campaigns, successes, and failures. As Daniel persuasively argues, there is no simple answer to the question of why the army was conquered, but he gives us a nuanced suite of suggestions that enrich our understanding of the army, Confederate military operations generally, and the Civil War writ large."--Steven E. Woodworth, author of Shiloh: Confederate High Tide in the Heartland
"There are too few updated works on the Army of Tennessee, and this book is a superior contribution to that neglected subject."--Andrew S. Bledsoe, author of Citizen Officers: The Union and Confederate Volunteer Junior Office Corps in the American Civil War