Why the Army of Tennessee Failed

By Larry J. Daniel

456 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 7 halftones, 5 maps, 7 tables, notes, bibl., index

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-4950-4
    Published: May 2019
  • E-book EPUB ISBN: 978-1-4696-4951-1
    Published: March 2019
  • E-book PDF ISBN: 979-8-8908-5450-6
    Published: March 2019

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Awards & distinctions

A 2019 Choice Outstanding Academic Title

About the Author

Larry J. Daniel is author of six previous books of Civil War history, including Soldiering in the Army of Tennessee.
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“Daniel’s ecology explaining persistence and his wise appraisal of the historiographic issues makes this volume an essential read.”—Choice

“Much more than a straight-line, chronological recitation of events. . . . A welcome addition to the continuing analysis and discussion of the Civil War in the western theater.”—Journal of America’s Military Past

“An excellent updated overview skillfully pieced together using a massive volume and variety of primary and secondary sources. . . . All Civil War readers will benefit from its many insights. . . . Highly recommended.”—Civil War Books and Authors

“Daniel immerses the reader inside the army itself where notions of sectionalism, nationalism, patriotism, and religion contribute to both combat effectiveness and influenced home front support. . . . Informative endnotes and vast bibliography demonstrates the extensive depth and breadth of his research affording the reader a vivid portrait of why the Army of Tennessee failed.”—On Point

"Larry Daniel has produced another masterpiece: a powerful new assessment of the Confederacy's star-crossed Army of Tennessee. Daniel takes full account of work by previous historians, but he is not shy about pronouncing his own fresh judgments of the army’s generals, troops, campaigns, successes, and failures. As Daniel persuasively argues, there is no simple answer to the question of why the army was conquered, but he gives us a nuanced suite of suggestions that enrich our understanding of Confederate military operations and the war as a whole." —Steven E. Woodworth, author of Shiloh: Confederate High Tide in the Heartland

"There are too few updated works on the Army of Tennessee, and this book is a superior contribution to that neglected subject."—Andrew S. Bledsoe, author of Citizen Officers: The Union and Confederate Volunteer Junior Office Corps in the American Civil War