The Smoke at Dawn: A Novel of the Civil War (the Civil War in the West)
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
Jeff Shaara returns to the Civil struggle 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 war of words at Chattanooga which may be certain the result of the war.
summer time, 1863. The Federal triumph at Vicksburg has secured whole keep watch over of the Mississippi River from the Confederacy, cementing the recognition of Ulysses S. provide. Farther east, the Federal military lower than 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. taking flight in a panic again to Chattanooga, Rosecrans is pursued via the accomplice forces less than normal Braxton Bragg. Penned up, with their provide strains severed, the Federal military turns out doomed to an identical type of defeat that plagued the Confederates at Vicksburg. yet a disgusted Abraham Lincoln has visible adequate of common Rosecrans. Ulysses furnish is increased to command of the full theater of the warfare, and instantly replaces Rosecrans with normal George Thomas. provide gathers a major strength, together with armies commanded by means of Joseph Hooker and Grant’s pal, William T. Sherman. Grant’s venture is obvious: holiday the accomplice siege and damage Bragg’s army. in the meantime, Bragg wages warfare as a lot together with his personal subordinates as he does with the Federals, developing dissension and disharmony within the Southern ranks, erasing the accomplice army’s superiority at precisely the mistaken time.
mixing evocative historic element with searing depictions of conflict, Jeff Shaara immerses readers on the planet of commanders and customary squaddies, civilians and statesmen. From the Union part come the voices of Generals provide, William Tecumseh Sherman, and George Thomas—the vaunted “Rock of Chickamauga”—as good because the younger deepest 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 historical past 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, while the destiny of a divided country really hangs within the balance.
Praise for The Smoke at Dawn
“Civil struggle background fiends may be riveted.”—Parade
“A fantastically 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 seize of historical past, and his skill to interweave numerous assisting narratives right into a cohesive and digestible entire . . . will entice a extensive variety of historic- and military-fiction fans.”—Booklist
“Top-notch . . . As with the simplest old warfare novels, realizing the final word consequence of the sour struggling with isn't a bar to engagement.”—Publishers Weekly
From the Hardcover edition.
Haven’t heard whatever the following. The pontoon bridge over the South Chickamauga is done, similar to this one. We’re in touch with the regiments in place north of the creek. No signal of the enemy there, both. What do you're making of it, sir?” McCoy’s jabbering betrayed his fears, and Sherman fought that himself, an analogous fight sooner than each struggle. He grew to become to the misty hill back, had no solutions for McCoy. one other of his officials spoke up now, Dayton, an analogous high-pitched anxiety.
Digging in, extra bushes hauled into position, what appeared basically to be a heavy line of defense. He stored his gaze on them via rainy box glasses, felt a wierd experience of pleasure, proposal, They’re taking too lengthy, an excessive amount of attempt to place up a safety that i'd by no means try and attack. they need to think we're in severe energy right here. And so, they are going to look forward to their numbers to come back ahead, ready to work out if i'm going to commence the assault. Cleburne used to be shocked, concept, Sherman is outwardly.
Knoxville. you need to get an increase out of the struggle division, have them imagine we forgot approximately Burnside. it kind of feels common Granger didn’t just like the project. Dallied approximately, took his time placing his males jointly. unsure what he has opposed to Burnside, yet I replaced his orders, informed him to stick installed Chattanooga. i would like you to march as much as Knoxville, as speedy as you will get relocating. Burnside collapses, and none of it will subject. Halleck’s been on me from the start to keep up Knoxville,.
Sherman leaned up towards the pony, stated to Anthony, “This is your command. Don’t name me via identify. ? Get in the market and meet him, yet retain him clear of me.” Sherman glanced again to his personal employees, observed Dayton, looking ahead to directions. “Colonel, select Colonel Anthony. This guy desires a parley. provide him one. A gradual one. hold up him, you know? Colonel Anthony, depart your horse the following. in the event that they have sharpshooters in these a long way timber, white flag or now not, someone may perhaps take you for a.
Graves, crude wood headstones, the resting position for males who may have survived Chickamauga, carried again right here in ambulances, merely to die in the back of the security of Rosecrans’s protecting strains. there have been males outdoors each sanatorium, a few simply sitting within the rain, ragged coats pulled over their heads, others with slightly a blouse. via their faces by myself, furnish knew they have been the ill, no matter what plague had unfold throughout the military of the Cumberland, caused by a scarcity of meals, of fresh water, of fresh.