General James Longstreet in the West
A Monumental Failure
Military History - Civil War
22 biographical sketches. 15 maps.
Pub Date: 01/01/1998
Civil War Campaigns and Commanders Series
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General James Longstreet in the West

A Monumental Failure

By Judith Lee Hallock

It is September 1863. Gen. James Longstreet and his Corps ride the rails westward to join Gen. Braxton Bragg's Army of Tennessee in its efforts to halt the advance of the Union Army. Longstreet, a favorite of Gen. Robert E. Lee, fully expects to replace Bragg as commander of the Western Army. Despite assurances to Longstreet from prominent Confederates, President Davis does not remove Bragg to make way for Longstreet. Longstreet's keen disappointment and unsoldierly behavior lead to disaster for the Army itself. Upon separation from Bragg's Army he fails spectacularly at Knoxville, proving to all his inability to function in an independent command.

An objective and realistic look at a Confederate commander by a respected historian.

Dr. JUDITH LEE HALLOCK has been an educator for over 30 years and is the author of Braxton Bragg and the Confederate Defeat, Vol. II and numerous journal articles. She has contributed to the Encyclopedia of the Confederacy and to The American Civil War: Handbook of Research and Literature. She holds a Ph.D. in history from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

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