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

By Jeff Shaara

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER 

Jeff Shaara returns to the Civil conflict terrain he is aware 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 level for a decisive disagreement at Chattanooga that may make sure 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 popularity of Ulysses S. furnish. Farther east, the Federal military less than the command of William Rosecrans captures the an 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. backing out in a panic again to Chattanooga, Rosecrans is pursued via the accomplice forces below basic Braxton Bragg. Penned up, with their provide traces 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 obvious sufficient of normal Rosecrans. Ulysses furnish is increased to command of the full theater of the conflict, and instantly replaces Rosecrans with common George Thomas. supply gathers an incredible strength, together with armies commanded by way of Joseph Hooker and Grant’s buddy, William T. Sherman. Grant’s undertaking is obvious: holiday the accomplice siege and break Bragg’s army.  in the meantime, Bragg wages warfare as a lot together 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 improper time.
 
mixing evocative ancient aspect with searing depictions of conflict, Jeff Shaara immerses readers on the earth of commanders and customary squaddies, 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 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 heritage performed out on a human scale within the grand Shaara culture, The Smoke at Dawn vividly recreates the climactic months of the conflict within the West, whilst the destiny of a divided country actually hangs within the balance.
 
Praise for The Smoke at Dawn
 
“Civil conflict historical past fiends should be riveted.”—Parade
 
“A superbly written novel . . . Shaara once more elevates historical past from mere rote truth to explosive and fascinating drama.”—Bookreporter
 
“Shaara’s mastery of army strategies, his intimate snatch of heritage, and his skill to interweave a number of aiding narratives right into a cohesive and digestible complete . . . will attract a extensive diversity of old- and military-fiction fans.”Booklist
 
“Top-notch . . . As with the simplest ancient struggle novels, realizing the last word final result of the sour battling isn't really a bar to engagement.”Publishers Weekly

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Definite, sir. ” “Well, now, Mr. Cleburne, enable me let you know anything you won’t get pleasure from listening to. you spot all these males accumulating up alongside these tracks? If this army’s headquarters sees healthy to supply the mandatory railcars, we will embark on a very good project to damage normal Burnside at Knoxville. Flags unfurled, drums a-beating, bugles a-playing. One really fantastic event, wouldn’t you are saying? ” “If you assert so, sir. i'd desire you may go back the following briefly order. If, as you are saying, there’s to be a struggle, we’ll require the entire power this military can muster. ” Longstreet stared at him, shook his head. “You won’t be seeing me back, common. We do the task at Knoxville, we’ll be marching again to Virginia. ” Cleburne was once stunned now, a bolt of shock. “Finish the concept, Mr. Cleburne. whatever so as to add? ” “I had thought … your corps will be indifferent basically to accommodate the Federals in Knoxville … then go back the following. ” He paused. “Not yes I comprehend why we’re decreasing our power by means of all your corps, within the face of an enemy that's reinforcing. So I’ve been informed, besides. normal Hardee believes that Sherman is coming this manner, with extra males than you’re taking out. I don’t query common Bragg’s judgements, in fact. ” Longstreet laughed, however the smile pale speedy. “And that, my solid Irish buddy, is why you’re in a mountain of difficulty. Sherman’s coming, doubtless approximately that. Hooker’s already over there. My humans bumped into him correct west of the massive mountain. Didn’t fare good. there has been some … difficulty with my commanders. Made an assault at evening. no longer continually a good suggestion. yet I allowed it, inspired it. shock will be its personal victory. yet occasionally, Mr. Cleburne, it’s easy arithmetic. there have been too a lot of them, and too few folks. Now Hooker has passed provide keep an eye on of that complete valley, the rail line west. They’ll haven't any hassle resupplying no matter what troops furnish brings in there. ” “General Bragg believes they nonetheless may perhaps retreat, make their base at Nashville, until eventually they could assemble the remainder of their military jointly. ” Longstreet pulled a small pipe from his pocket, stared at it, looked as if it would debate lights it. Cleburne felt a becoming urgency to again clear of this guy, may suppose the gloom Longstreet looked as if it would forged over each dialog. Longstreet saved the pipe unlit, stared out around the nice open simple less than them. “Sam Grant’s no longer taking flight. by no means has, no longer whilst it mattered. Bragg must have hit them weeks in the past, thrown each artillery shell we had into that city. I urged a circulate westward, hit them at Bridgeport, lower their offers off to date again they’d don't have any selection yet to tug out. Bragg refused, acknowledged we didn’t have the wagons on hand, no longer sufficient horses or mules. Had one other dozen the reason why the plan used to be wrongheaded. i guess, if he’d have considered it himself, we’d be available in the market straight away, executing his ‘brilliant’ plan. So rather than relocating west, I’m taking my males northeast. My challenge, because the president defined it, is to make sure that the enemy there does us no harm the following.

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