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 battle terrain he is familiar with so good, with the newest novel within the sequence that began 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 level for a decisive war of words at Chattanooga which may verify the result of the war.
summer season, 1863. The Federal triumph at Vicksburg has secured entire keep watch over of the Mississippi River from the Confederacy, cementing the attractiveness of Ulysses S. provide. Farther east, the Federal military less 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 by means of the accomplice forces below basic Braxton Bragg. Penned up, with their offer strains severed, the Federal military turns out doomed to an identical form of defeat that plagued the Confederates at Vicksburg. yet a disgusted Abraham Lincoln has obvious 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 tremendous strength, together with armies commanded via Joseph Hooker and Grant’s buddy, William T. Sherman. Grant’s challenge is obvious: holiday the accomplice siege and smash Bragg’s army.  in the meantime, Bragg wages battle as a lot along 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 flawed time.
mixing evocative ancient aspect with searing depictions of conflict, Jeff Shaara immerses readers on this planet of commanders and customary infantrymen, civilians and statesmen. From the Union aspect 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 background performed out on a human scale within the grand Shaara culture, The Smoke at Dawn vividly recreates the climactic months of the warfare within the West, while the destiny of a divided country really hangs within the balance.
Praise for The Smoke at Dawn
“Civil battle background fiends could 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 clutch of heritage, and his skill to interweave a number of assisting narratives right into a cohesive and digestible entire . . . will attract a wide diversity of ancient- and military-fiction fans.”Booklist
“Top-notch . . . As with the easiest old conflict novels, realizing the last word consequence of the sour battling isn't really a bar to engagement.”Publishers Weekly

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