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Third in a new series of campaign studies that take a different approach toward military history, The Maps of Chickamauga explores this largely misunderstood battle through the use of 120 full-color maps, graphically illustrating the complex tangle of combat's ebb and flow that makes the titanic bloodshed of Chickamauga one of the most confusing actions of the American Civil War. Track individual regiments through their engagements at fifteen to twenty-minute intervals or explore each army in motion as brigades and divisions maneuver and deploy to face the enemy. The Maps of Chickamauga allows readers to fully grasp the action at any level of interest. The maps lay out the troops and terrain as they were in September of 1863. Opening and closing chapters describe each army's approach to the battlefield and the retreat and pursuit to Chattanooga in the aftermath of the bloody combat. In between, sections are devoted to the fighting of September 18, 19, and 20, following the battle as it unfolds from a series of limited collisions between isolated columns into the bloody action of the last two days. Situation maps reflect the posture of each army on an hourly basis, while tactical maps reveal the intricacies of regimental and battery movements. The text accompanying each map explains the action in succinct detail, supported by a host of primary sources. Eyewitness accounts vividly underscore the human aspect of the actions detailed in the maps as brigades and regiments collide. Meticulously researched and footnoted by David Powell with cartography by David Freidrichs, The Maps of Chickamauga relies on the participants' own words to recreate the course of battle. The Maps of Chickamauga is an ideal companion for battlefield bushwhacking or simply armchair touring. Full color brings the movements to life, allowing readers to grasp the surging give and take of regimental combat in the woods and fields of North Georgia. About the Author: David A. Powell is a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, class of 1983, with a BA in history. After graduating he went to work in the family business, CBS Messenger, in the Chicago area, but David never lost his intense interest in military history, especially in the American Civil War. He has published articles in a number of magazines, more than fifteen historical simulations of various battles, and led tours to various sites. For the past decade David's focus has been on the epic battle of Chickamauga. David A. Freidrichs graduated from University of Wisconsin in 1982 and has worked as a civil engineer since then. He is the author of numerous articles and papers on topics ranging from public asset management to military history. David's interest in military history began at a very early age. This interest combined with a love of maps resulted in the publication of several military simulations over the years.… (lisätietoja)
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Teoksen nimi:The Maps of Chickamauga: An Atlas of the Chickamauga Campaign, Including the Tullahoma Operations, June 22 - September 23, 1863
Kirjailijat:David A. Powell (Tekijä)
Info:Savas Beatie (2009), Edition: 1, 319 pages
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This is a book in Savas Beattie’s Military History Series. I downgraded by half a star because of numerous small errors. One example: In Map Set 1, there is a certain small Tennessee town identified as “Bradleyville” on the map and “Bradyville” in the text. I am not all that familiar with Tennessee geography, so I turned to a modern road atlas, and found that the town is actually called “Bradyville”, so the error is mapmaker Friedrichs’, not author Powell’s.

On the other hand, there has to be a certain art to making the text fit onto one page, no more, no less, so that it fits exactly on the page opposite the map it is describing. In addition, I thought that Friedrichs’ did a slightly better aesthetic job with the maps than did Bradley M. Gottfried, who authored the other books in the series. ( )
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The third selection in the excellent Savas Beattie Military Atlas series.

By the fall of 1863, the news for the Confederacy on all fronts was grim. In the East, Lee failed at Gettysburg, while in the West, the news was even worse: Vicksburg had fallen and the Confederacy’s Army of Tennessee, under the inept command of Braxton Brag, suffered a series of defeats and withdrawals. The Tennessee situation was serious; The Union Army of the Cumberland under William Rosecrans had advanced to Chattenoooga, which meant that the heart of the Confederacy was now vulnerable to attack. Rosecrans, eager to finish off Bragg’s army, continued to chase the Confederates into Georgia, over wild and difficult terrain.

The result was the Battle of Chickamauga, one of the bloodiest and certainly one of the most confusing of the war. Added to the difficulties presented by hilly terrain much of which was covered with brush and woods was the fact that both commanders spent the better part of the two days of the battle constantly shifting troops around. Include the smoke of cannon and musket fire, and “the fog of war” becomes peculiarly applicable. Division and sector commanders could not see from one end of their respective lines to the other and coordination between divisions, particularly on the Confederate side, was a nightmare.

Using the format pioneered by Bradley Gottfried in The Maps of Gettysburg, Powell and Friedrichs have done a masterful job in breaking down the battle into more readily understandable segments. The format of text on the left page and map on the right works brilliantly, especially in understanding the various troop shifts.

In addition, Powell brings additional insight into the battle itself. Brigadier General Thomas Wood, who commanded the First Division in Crittendon’s XXI Corps, has long had the onus of losing the battle for the Union side. On the afternoon of the 2nd day, Wood received an order to pull out to support Thomas’ desperate fight on the Union left flank. It has been the received wisdom that Wood, who had been reprimanded earlier in the march to Chickamauga by Rosecrans for not following orders, knew that the pullout would open up a gap in the Union right flank but did it anyway out of spite. Powell gives evidence that Wood did indeed realize what would be the result--and asked for clarification from Crittendon who told him to obey the order. It may be nearly 150 years later, but Powell has done much to restore Wood’s reputation.

Powell also emphasizes a point that is often overlooked concerning Longstreet: while Longstreet has always been admired for his defensive capabilities, he was a powerful offensive fighter as well. The massive blow he delivered at Second Manassas was the turning point of that battle. Longstreet later said that no one could have withstood the assault he made with his corps on the Union right flank, and he may have been right. What is not in any doubt was that Wood’s pullout left a gap of 300 yards in the Union line, making Longsteet’s assault certain of success, although not without casualties.

Another contribution of Powell’s is to emphasize the contributions of certain commanders who often go overlooked. For example, who remembers Colonel John Wilder? Yet his innovative use of mounted infantry saved the Union lines time and time again, particularly on the first day.

There are flaws in the atlas. Sometimes unit designations do not correspond between text and map--describing in the text the action of the 65th Ohio when the map shows it as the 64th Ohio, for example. More problematical is the lack of names on the various roads. LaFayette Road, crucial to the 2-day battle is relatively easy to figure out, but some of the more minor roads mentioned in the text are not shown on the map, leading to ambiguity at times. But these are the type of errors that are usually corrected in a second edition and should not deter anyone from studying this book.

While the major interest will be in Chickamauga, the atlas does include as well maps and description of the battle of Tullahoma which preceded Chickamauga.

Not to be missed for those with more than a casual interest in the US Civil War. ( )
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Third in a new series of campaign studies that take a different approach toward military history, The Maps of Chickamauga explores this largely misunderstood battle through the use of 120 full-color maps, graphically illustrating the complex tangle of combat's ebb and flow that makes the titanic bloodshed of Chickamauga one of the most confusing actions of the American Civil War. Track individual regiments through their engagements at fifteen to twenty-minute intervals or explore each army in motion as brigades and divisions maneuver and deploy to face the enemy. The Maps of Chickamauga allows readers to fully grasp the action at any level of interest. The maps lay out the troops and terrain as they were in September of 1863. Opening and closing chapters describe each army's approach to the battlefield and the retreat and pursuit to Chattanooga in the aftermath of the bloody combat. In between, sections are devoted to the fighting of September 18, 19, and 20, following the battle as it unfolds from a series of limited collisions between isolated columns into the bloody action of the last two days. Situation maps reflect the posture of each army on an hourly basis, while tactical maps reveal the intricacies of regimental and battery movements. The text accompanying each map explains the action in succinct detail, supported by a host of primary sources. Eyewitness accounts vividly underscore the human aspect of the actions detailed in the maps as brigades and regiments collide. Meticulously researched and footnoted by David Powell with cartography by David Freidrichs, The Maps of Chickamauga relies on the participants' own words to recreate the course of battle. The Maps of Chickamauga is an ideal companion for battlefield bushwhacking or simply armchair touring. Full color brings the movements to life, allowing readers to grasp the surging give and take of regimental combat in the woods and fields of North Georgia. About the Author: David A. Powell is a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, class of 1983, with a BA in history. After graduating he went to work in the family business, CBS Messenger, in the Chicago area, but David never lost his intense interest in military history, especially in the American Civil War. He has published articles in a number of magazines, more than fifteen historical simulations of various battles, and led tours to various sites. For the past decade David's focus has been on the epic battle of Chickamauga. David A. Freidrichs graduated from University of Wisconsin in 1982 and has worked as a civil engineer since then. He is the author of numerous articles and papers on topics ranging from public asset management to military history. David's interest in military history began at a very early age. This interest combined with a love of maps resulted in the publication of several military simulations over the years.

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