Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Booknotes - The Atlanta Campaign, 1864: Peach Tree Creek to the Fall of the City

New Arrival:

The Atlanta Campaign, 1864: Peach Tree Creek to the Fall of the City by David A. Powell (Casemate, 2024).

Following up on yesterday's introduction to the first installment of Dave Powell's two-part Atlanta Campaign contribution to the Casemate Illustrated series is today's brief announcement of its companion book, The Atlanta Campaign, 1864: Peach Tree Creek to the Fall of the City.

Beginning where the previous volume left off, with John Bell Hood taking command of the Confederate Army of Tennessee and attempting to flip the switch on who would be campaign's initiative holder during its second great phase, this book takes the reader through to the final battle at Jonesboro and the evacuation of Atlanta. In sum, it "portrays the final months of the struggle for Atlanta, from mid-July to September, including what remains to be seen of the battles around the city: Peachtree Creek, Atlanta, Decatur, and Ezra Church. The siege will cover historic views of Atlanta, operations east of the city, and the city’s capture. The cavalry chapter focuses on the Union cavalry raids south of Atlanta which ended in disaster. Finally, the fighting at Jonesboro will bring the series to a close."

As content format and presentation style are consistent series features, refer to the coverage of part one (linked above) for a few notes on those matters. I should mention that, in terms of unit and formation levels depicted, the maps in the books limit themselves to the higher elements of the army orders of battle. So they range from single lines representing entire army fronts to a bit more detailed depictions of division and brigade-scale actions for the larger, more involved battles covered in the second volume.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for posting Drew. I am behind the CW and related American-history titles, working with Casemate (our distributor) on behalf of some of our authors. I would call them advanced primers to the entire campaign, without having to read Castel to get the same general sense, and good way to get ready for Powell's magnum opus. -- Ted Savas, Savas Beatie


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