I recently received this press release on what looks to be a great new book on Stones River. The Amazon link below currently shows the book on at a pre release price of $21.87 or 43% off the cover price.
LSU Press Book News
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 5, 2012
Battle of Stones River: The Forgotten Conflict Between the Confederate Army of Tennessee and the Union Army of the Cumberland
"Prolific Civil War
military historians, Larry J. Daniel has done it again."-John F. Marszalek,
author of "Sherman's March to the Sea"
Baton Rouge-Three days of
savage and bloody fighting between Confederate and Union troops at Stones River
in Middle Tennessee ended with nearly 25,000 casualties but no clear victor. The
staggering number of killed or wounded equaled the losses suffered in the
well-known Battle of Shiloh. Using previously neglected sources, Larry J. Daniel
rescues this important campaign from obscurity.
The Battle of Stones
River, fought between December 31, 1862, and January 2, 1863, was a tactical
draw but proved to be a strategic northern victory. According to Daniel, Union
defeats in late 1862-both at Chickasaw Bayou in Mississippi and at
Fredericksburg, Virginia-transformed the clash in Tennessee into a much-needed
morale booster for the North.
Daniel's study of the battle's two
antagonists, William S. Rosecrans for the Union Army of the Cumberland and
Braxton Bragg for the Confederate Army of Tennessee, presents contrasts in
leadership and a series of missteps. With only a few hundred yards separating
the lines, Rosecrans allowed Confederates to surprise and route his right ring.
Eventually, Union pressure forced Bragg to launch a division-size attack, a
disastrous move. Neither side could claim victory on the
Union commanders and northern newspapers portrayed the
stalemate as a victory, bolstering confidence in the Lincoln administration and
dimming the prospects for the "peace wing" of the northern Democratic Party. In
the South, the deadlock led to continued bickering in the Confederate western
high command and scorn for Braxton Bragg.
344 pages, 6 x
9, 15 halftones, 13 maps
Cloth $38.50, ebook