"Gott blends his experiences as a combat veteran with those of a military historian to provide a gripping narration of day-to-day operations. His penetrating analyses of the leaders, their command decisions, and their strengths and weaknesses combine to give the readers a masterful account of the campaign." --Edwin C. Bearss, Historian Emeritus, National Park Service
"Kendall Gott's Where the South Lost the War should establish itself as the standard word on both engagements and their impact for the next generation." --William C. Davis, author of more than forty books on Civil War and Southern history
Selected as Honorable Mention for the 2004 Albert Castel Book Award
With the collapse of the Confederate defenses at Forts Henry and Donelson on the Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers, the entire Tennessee Valley was open to Union invasion and control. These Northern victories set up the 1864 Atlanta Campaign that cut the Confederacy in two. Had Confederate planning and leadership been better, no one can say what difference it might have made to the Civil War in the West and the outcome of the war itself.
By author: Kendall D. Gott
Dimensions: 6" x 9"
Illustrations: 17 maps , 29 b/w photos in a 16 page section