A collection of ten new essays from some of our finest Civil War
historians working today, Gateway to the Confederacy offers a
reexamination of the campaigns fought to gain possession of
Chattanooga, Tennessee. Each essay addresses how Americans have
misconstrued the legacy of these struggles and why scholars feel it
necessary to reconsider one of the most critical turning points of
the American Civil War.
The first academic analysis that delineates all three Civil War
campaigns fought from 1862 to 1863 for control of Chattanooga --
the trans-portation hub of the Confederacy and gateway to the Deep
South -- this book deals not only with military operations but also
with the campaigns' origins and consequences. The essays also
explore the far-reaching social and political implications of the
battles and bring into sharp focus their impact on postwar
literature and commemoration. Several chapters revise the
traditional portraits of both famous and con-troversial figures
including Ambrose Bierce and Nathan Bedford Forrest. Others
investigate some of the more salient moments of these cam-paigns
such as the circumstances that allowed for the Confederate
breakthrough assault at Chickamauga.
Gateway to the Confederacy reassesses these pivotal battles,
long in need of reappraisal, and breaks new ground as each scholar
re-shapes a particular aspect of this momentous part of the Civil
Russell S. Bonds Stephen Cushman Caroline E. Janney Evan C.
Jones David A. Powell Gerald J. Prokopowicz William Glenn Robertson
Wiley Sword Craig L. Symonds
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