The Smoke at Dawn: A Novel of the Civil War (the Civil War in the West)

The Smoke at Dawn: A Novel of the Civil War (the Civil War in the West)

Jeff Shaara


Jeff Shaara returns to the Civil conflict terrain he understands so good, with the newest novel within the sequence that begun with A Blaze of Glory and A Chain of Thunder. In The Smoke at Dawn, the final nice push of the military of the Cumberland units the degree for a decisive disagreement at Chattanooga that can confirm the result of the war.
summer season, 1863. The Federal triumph at Vicksburg has secured whole regulate of the Mississippi River from the Confederacy, cementing the recognition of Ulysses S. furnish. Farther east, the Federal military below the command of William Rosecrans captures the the most important rail hub at Chattanooga. yet Rosecrans is careless, and whereas pursuing the Confederates, the Federal forces are routed in north Georgia at Chickamauga Creek. chickening out in a panic again to Chattanooga, Rosecrans is pursued by way of the accomplice forces less than basic Braxton Bragg. Penned up, with their provide traces severed, the Federal military turns out doomed to a similar form of defeat that plagued the Confederates at Vicksburg. yet a disgusted Abraham Lincoln has visible adequate of normal Rosecrans. Ulysses supply is increased to command of the total theater of the conflict, and instantly replaces Rosecrans with common George Thomas. provide gathers a tremendous strength, together with armies commanded through Joseph Hooker and Grant’s buddy, William T. Sherman. Grant’s project is obvious: holiday the accomplice siege and spoil Bragg’s army.  in the meantime, Bragg wages conflict as a lot along with his personal subordinates as he does with the Federals, growing dissension and disharmony within the Southern ranks, erasing the accomplice army’s superiority at precisely the incorrect time.
mixing evocative historic aspect with searing depictions of conflict, Jeff Shaara immerses readers on the earth of commanders and customary infantrymen, civilians and statesmen. From the Union aspect come the voices of Generals furnish, William Tecumseh Sherman, and George Thomas—the vaunted “Rock of Chickamauga”—as good because the younger inner most Fritz “Dutchie” Bauer. From the insurgent ranks come Generals Bragg, Patrick Cleburne, and James Longstreet, in addition to the mythical cavalry commander, Nathan Bedford Forrest. A story of background performed out on a human scale within the grand Shaara culture, The Smoke at Dawn vividly recreates the climactic months of the struggle within the West, whilst the destiny of a divided country actually hangs within the balance.
Praise for The Smoke at Dawn
“Civil battle historical past fiends could be riveted.”—Parade
“A superbly written novel . . . Shaara once more elevates background from mere rote truth to explosive and fascinating drama.”—Bookreporter
“Shaara’s mastery of army strategies, his intimate take hold of of heritage, and his skill to interweave a number of helping narratives right into a cohesive and digestible complete . . . will entice a vast variety of ancient- and military-fiction fans.”Booklist
“Top-notch . . . As with the easiest old warfare novels, understanding the final word end result of the sour scuffling with isn't really a bar to engagement.”Publishers Weekly

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