This first volume of Cozzen s Army of the Cumberland trilogy is a bit less accomplished Than those that followed but still an excellent read Very thorough account of Stones River Battle A little dry but uite detailed Told from a military point of view Extremely detailed account of the Battle of Stones River I agree with another reader that you should have your "Own Set Of Maps "set of maps how the battle played out There are several good ones available on the internet in color It was not an easy read as there were so many different engagements taking place during each day and I sometimes felt very confused about what was unfolding over the days this battle occurred I Solid account of this pivotal relatively less well known battle in central Tennessee Had a chance to briefly visit the Stone s River National Battlefield a few weeks ago and picked this up there Had JUST READ COZZEN S ACCOUNT OF CHICKAMAUGA A MONTH read Cozzen s account of Chickamauga a month two back so this preceded it and was one of the few mid winter major battles Dec 31 Jan 2 1862 63 Biggest uibble is the maps which are sub par but it is well written and generally coherent All these CW battle books suffer from the confusion of the actions themselves and it always makes hard reading the awful wounds and seemingly idiotic frontal assaults Stone s River aka Murfreesboro does not let down in that department The poor South makes repeated attacks into the teeth of Union artillery positions and although having some early success due to surprise the results are predictable You can almost sense how seductive it was the lure of a breakthrough and a decisive victory Yet being on the defense in the CW was almost always a better place to be and Stone s River was no exception Union artillery seemed to be the decisive factor they had of it and many chances to use it He does not say how many artillery pieces they had but I counted 31 batteries of 6 guns each in the OOB to 25 4 guns for the South and rare is the account of CSA artillery doing much while USA batteries were crucial in repulsing numerous assaults in the narrative The other big takeaway was my continuing education on ust how bad Braxton Bragg was as a general and person Being mostly Eastern centric he was always stage left but his actions on closer study are one of the major reasons the South lost Contrasting Rosecrans and Bragg at Stone s River and is ust an. Peter Cozzens meticulously traces the chain of events as the Army of the Cumberland and the Army of Tennessee meet in Middle Tennessee on New Year's Eve 186.
Free download ¸ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ↠ Peter CozzensThree day clash starting December 31 1862 between the Army of the Cumberland under General Rosecrans and the Army of Tennessee under General Bragg So I took out my copy of No Better Place to Die that I had read 20 years ago and reread itThis was Peter Cozzens first Civil War battle narrative had read 20 years ago and reread itThis was Peter Cozzens first Civil War battle narrative he writes in the style of Stephen Sears and others where the story is centered on a battle The book starts with the preliminary strategic situation after Perryville then takes the reader through the
MANEUVERING PRIOR TO THE BATTLE THEprior to the battle The of the book is an hour by hour account of the Confederate assault that almost drove the Union army off the field A days rest and then a final Confederate assault that is beaten back leading Bragg to retreat and abandon central Tennessee #FOR GOODIF YOU LIKE CIVIL WAR BATTLE HISTORIES THAT #goodIf you like Civil War battle histories that filled with regiment by regiment details replete with hundreds of first hand uotes from participants this is the book for you Chapters are tightly written and well supported by detailed maps so you can follow the action now where was the 7th Indiana regimentAlthough conventional wisdom is that Murfreesboro was a draw the Confederates dominated on the battlefield but when it was over the Union held the position Cozzens makes a good case that it was a Confederate defeatUnion victory in that politically it was the only one of the three December 1862 campaigns that did not end in abject Union defeat Bragg abandoned central TennesseeDo I have any uibblesThe main uibble would be the maps Some of the maps are oriented with north to the right of the page especially the main double page spread depicting the forces on the morning of the battle But most of the detailed chapter maps are oriented with north to the top of the page And since only a portion of the battle was shown on the detailed map it was disorienting to me to try and place the action particularly when there were references to units on the flanks not depicted on the detailed mapsHaving recently finished Chernow s Grant the deep character study in Grant made me yearn for about Rosecrans his wing commanders and the same for the Bragg and his corps commanders Cozzens doesn t ignore this but his primary purpose was the battle Put another way I didn t learn anything new or profound about the main leaders Bring your own set of maps to augment what this book offers. Sburg Shiloh Chancellorsville Chickamauga Yet another name belongs on that infamous list Stones River the setting for Peter Cozzens's No Better Place to Die. ,
Other shining example of that He may have been the worst major Army general in the entire CW certainly ranks in the top 5 Cozzens book is a fine detailed account of the Battle of Stones River While it didn t gain a decisive victory at least Rosecrans Army of the Cumberland didn t lose the battle and that provided a significant success in the winter of 1862 1863 when all other Union armies faced defeat or stalemate There are not many books available on this battle and Cozzens book is the standard account of This Often Overlooked Clash often overlooked clash central Tennessee Cozzen writes in a story telling manner
than a dry robust retelling of battle A great military history of a lesser battle from the lesser known front in the Civil War Stones River saw the Army of the Cumberland clash with the Army of the Tennessee in the deep winter Like many Civil War battles there are many excellent small scale stories and the book captures them well The use of maps is appreciated although it is helped that the battle was relatively simple compared to the multi day fights at Chickamauga or Gettysburg I m a huge fan of Peter Cozzens work and have read the trilogy on the Chattanooga Campaign out of order reading This Terrible Sound and The Shipwreck of their Hopes before going back to read the first book No Better Place to Die It has the same impeccable and detailed research Cozzens seems to have the goods on everyone from the army commanders to the privates in the thick of things The book has his usual wonderful narrative flow and the events leading up to the battle are clearly described while at the same time the key players characters are well establishedUnlike the other two in the series I wanted maps Certainly of the overall position as the battle developed I also felt we lost the army commanders Bragg and Rosecrans for large sections of the battle while we focused on the brigade and division level I wanted to know what they were up toI d still hugely recommend this book Outside of Shelby Foote no other Civil War writer I know has such an accomplished narrative style and such deep and assured knowledge Perchance I have the opportunity to visit western and central Tennessee in the forthcoming months and I m going to take the opportunity to visit Civil War battlefields that I have never seenOn this list is Murfreesboro Stones River site of 2 in one of the bloodiest encounters of the Civil WarA mere handful of battlefields have come to epitomize the anguish and pain of America's Civil War Getty.Rather Than A Dry Robust Retelling Of