Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Nothing But Victory: The Army of the Tennessee, 1861-1865” as Want to Read:
Nothing But Victory: The Army of the Tennessee, 1861-1865
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Nothing But Victory: The Army of the Tennessee, 1861-1865

4.25 of 5 stars 4.25  ·  rating details  ·  93 ratings  ·  19 reviews
Composed almost entirely of Midwesterners and molded into a lean, skilled fighting machine by Ulysses S. Grant and William Tecumseh Sherman, the Army of the Tennessee marched directly into the heart of the Confederacy and won major victories at Shiloh and at the rebel strongholds of Vicksburg and Atlanta.
Acclaimed historian Steven Woodworth has produced the first full con
Paperback, 800 pages
Published October 17th 2006 by Vintage Books (first published October 25th 2005)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Nothing But Victory, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Nothing But Victory

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 210)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
I like this Woodworth. He’s a big right-wing Christian, an orientation undetectable in this book but for the genteel censorship of quoted correspondence (“We had one h--- of a battle.” “That --- McClernand!”) and the quiet recurrence of “providentially” as a shyly favored adverb. Still, the man can write. He has a command of the foot solider diaries that repose, by the thousands, in our historical societies; the book has a novelistic texture, a density of memorable stories--also, quite a few mag ...more
An absorbing historical narrative, in the best traditions of Catton, Foote and Nevins, of the trials, tribulations, battles and campaigns of the Army of the Tennessee. Professor Woodworth takes us from the raising of the individual companies and regiments, and to their first deployment along the Ohio River, where they were fortunate enough to be commanded by a then-obscure general named Grant. The honors of this great army are a roll-call of honor: Fort Donelson, Shiloh, Corinth, Vicksburg, Chat ...more
Tom Nixon
When I decided to go see a Civil War Battlefield (since it was the 150th Anniversary of the war) I wanted to try and find out where Iowans had actually fought. I was surprised to learn that, from what I could tell, none of them fought at Gettysburg and I was surprisingly OK with that. I figured that Gettysburg will be the highlight of the 150th Anniversary celebrations and everyone will want to go. So I did a little digging and found out that most Iowans had fought mainly in the Western theater, ...more
Nothing but Victory is the definitive account of the Army of the Tennessee and the winning of the civil war via the west. The idea that the west played a critical role in the Civil War has been around for sometime but only in the past 5 to 10 years has it become a dominant idea that the battles of the Army of Tennessee were the critical link in allowing the Union to win the civil war and destroying the confederacy. This book provides an overview of the tactics, strategies and human stories that ...more
May 15, 2012 Emily rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: re-enactors with a taste for the literary
Provides plenty of POV of ordinary soldiers in the Union army, drawing from their letters. The book seems to be a restatement of Grant's memoirs inserting the soldiers' letters as glosses on the main text. Occasional passages are inferior paraphrases of Grant's own fine prose. And quotations endorsing Grant's hit-them-hard-and-fast philosophy of war sound like a refrain throughout the text.

However, Woodworth provides vivid descriptions of camp conditions both good and miserable, memorable events
Lee Thackston
A tremendous amount of research went in to this book which is evident from the large number of journals and memoirs and diaries that the author drew from. The Bibliography seems to go on forever. In all it's a good representation of the Army of the Tennessee from its inception to dissolution four years later. It does good to point out the military faults of the super-human Grant and Sherman, while showing how they used the talent they did have to produce victory after victory. The only reason it ...more
During the Civil War, Union general George B. McClellan set up the Army of the Potomac. They trained and fought in battles around Antietam, Fredericksburg, Bull Run, and Gettysburg. The eastern theater of the Civil War. The Army of the Tennessee was led by Union general Ulysses S. Grant and fought in the western theater of the Civil War. He strategically planned the siege and capture of Vicksburg, Miss. Which was a Confederate supply depot and port. Another Union general led his troops to blaze ...more
Whew that was a long one. I'm kind of amused when authors pick a general and are terribly effusive about him. In this case Mister Woodworth has a deep and abiding love of US Grant. He may be missing some flaws but hey I admire his passion. I particularly enjoyed the mentions of the 13th US infantry and the 21st Iowa in honor of gggrandfather and gggranduncle.
A good history of one of the most successful Union armies. The author emphasizes the role that Grant played in shaping the attitude of the army as it's first commander. My only complaint is the lack of maps that would help the reader understand and follow key battles and campaigns.
Truly outstanding work on the Union Army of Tennessee, first under Grant, then Sherman. The campaign to take Vicksburg is especially exciting, and reads like a novel. Gives a good feel for the operational level of war.
Eric Bittner
An outstanding history of the army most responsible for the Union victory in the civil war. The only issue I had with it is the lack of maps, which makes understanding some of the battles rather difficult.
A very well written book about a part of the Civil War that is rarely talked about, the war in the west.
Karleigh Miller
This is a great comprehensive history of the brigades that comprised The Army of the Tennessee!
Great read about the most powerfull Union Army. Finaly some respect for the men who won that war.
Absolutely loved this book and will name my first born Ulysses after the general
very enjoyable. informative and easy to read.
Tanya Faberson
This book was pretty great....
Sean Chick
It just did nothing for me.
Aug 16, 2010 Padraig is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
A great addition to the canon. Sheds light on what is misidentified as the "sideshow" of the Civil War, which, in fact, was the show (Western Theater). A nice book touching both common soldier stories and staff command narratives.
Mark marked it as to-read
Sep 01, 2015
Bob Gunsten
Bob Gunsten marked it as to-read
Aug 27, 2015
Alexander Giles
Alexander Giles marked it as to-read
Aug 20, 2015
Alan Fleischer
Alan Fleischer marked it as to-read
Aug 09, 2015
Ryan Porter
Ryan Porter marked it as to-read
Aug 07, 2015
UsamaG marked it as to-read
Aug 05, 2015
Darryl marked it as to-read
Aug 04, 2015
Mike marked it as to-read
Aug 03, 2015
M Lamain
M Lamain marked it as to-read
Aug 02, 2015
Jimmy marked it as to-read
Jul 29, 2015
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Grant Moves South, 1861-1863
  • To the Gates of Richmond: The Peninsula Campaign
  • Southern Storm: Sherman's March to the Sea
  • Shiloh, 1862
  • The Life of Billy Yank: The Common Soldier of the Union
  • General Lee's Army: From Victory to Collapse
  • The Destructive War: William Tecumseh Sherman, Stonewall Jackson, and the Americans
  • The Grand Design: Strategy and the U.S. Civil War
  • This Terrible Sound: The Battle of Chickamauga
  • The Battles for Spotsylvania Court House and the Road to Yellow Tavern, May 7--12, 1864
  • Gettysburg--Culp's Hill and Cemetery Hill
  • Lincoln and His Generals
  • Stonewall in the Valley: Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson's Shenandoah Valley Campaign, Spring 1862
  • Lincoln and His Admirals
Jefferson Davis and His Generals: The Failure of Confederate Command in the West This Great Struggle: America's Civil War Manifest Destinies: America's Westward Expansion and the Road to the Civil War Sherman: A Biography (Great Generals) Six Armies in Tennessee: The Chickamauga and Chattanooga Campaigns

Share This Book