Friday, May 5, 2017

Booknotes: The Army of Tennessee

New Arrival:
The Army of Tennessee: Organization, Strength, Casualties, 1862-1865
by Darrell L. Collins (McFarland, 2017).

Collins has authored similar reference studies of the great eastern theater antagonists, the Army of the Potomac and Army of Northern Virginia. Though all of the books in the series are similarly O.R.-based, significant tweaks and improvements to format and content were made between the first two volumes, and hopefully this trend continues here with the newest release.

The Army of Tennessee was only officially designated as such late in 1862, and the book also covers the earlier formations that would eventually become its constituent parts. As the subtitle suggests, the book is organized into three main parts: organization reports, strength reports, and casualty reports, all at regular time intervals and at various descending unit levels (army, corps, division, brigade, regiment, and battery). Unit and commander names are listed in separate indexes.

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