Monday, May 8, 2017

Booknotes: All the Fighting They Want

New Arrival:
All the Fighting They Want: The Atlanta Campaign from Peachtree Creek to the City's Surrender, July 18-September 2, 1864 by Stephen Davis (Savas Beatie, 2017).

This newest volume in the ECW series is the follow on to Davis's A Long and Bloody Task: The Atlanta Campaign from Dalton through Kennesaw to the Chattahoochee, May 5-July 18, 1864 (2016). The book begins with John Bell Hood's appointment as successor to Joe Johnston as commander of the Army of Tennessee, with the title quote an excerpt from William T. Sherman's alleged reaction to the news.

Chapters cover Peach Tree Creek, the Battle of Atlanta, the bombardment of the city, the Battle of Ezra Church, the Union cavalry raids, Utoy Creek, and Jonesboro. As with all (or at least most) series volumes, there's a short driving tour and an appendix section. The last discusses Atlanta monuments, the artifact collections at the Atlanta History Center, and the Atlanta cyclorama. Orders of battle complete the volume.

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