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Mountains Touched with Fire: Chattanooga Besieged, 1863

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  49 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
An Award-Winning Historian Dramatically Re-Creates a Turning Point of the Civil War
It was one of the most startling events of the civil war, the "hour of destiny" for the Union. Faced with the prospect of catastrophic defeat, the North's greatest generals--Ulysses Grant, William Tecumseh Sherman, George Thomas, and Phil Sheridan--were commanding a battle fror the besieged
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Paperback, 448 pages
Published April 15th 1997 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published April 1995)
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'Aussie Rick'
I must say that the author provides more than enough detail of the events and personalities leading up the battle of Chattanoogo in 1863. And as the previous review makes mention he certainly covers all aspects of the soldiers and generals lives during this campaign . Of interest was the in-fighting between the Southern Officers and the decent and honest appraisal of Grant, Sherman & Thomas and who the real hereo/s were. The only thing that I could fault this book on was that you had to read ...more
Theo Logos
May 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The siege and battle of Chattanooga presents a complex and difficult challenge to a writer. The action was spread out over more than a two-month period. It included the critical but inactive month long siege, when the Army of the Cumberland was besieged and nearly starved out of Chattanooga by Bragg's Confederates. Then followed a month of various actions, large and small, from the October 28 Brown's Ferry action that opened the cracker line, to Cleburne's rear guard fight to defend the fleeing ...more
Kirk
Nov 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: civil-war, 2015
I picked this book up as I read on the Emerging Civil War blog that the author passed. I'm saddened by that. I enjoyed the book, although as other reviewers have said the book starts slow and picks up. I have never been a Grant fan and this book just adds to that. The way he treated George H Thomas was just shameful.
Chuck
Aug 30, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gettysburg and the battles between Grant and Lee later in the war get the most coverage but the western front is where the Confederacy really lost the Civil War. Mountains Touched with Fire details the battle of Chattanoga, where Grant cemented his reputation and ended any hope of success for the Amy of the Tennessee.
Cameron Beatty
Mar 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book. The author was able to keep an entertaining story based on facts that were interesting. It took me longer to get through than most types of books I read, but that doesn't mean I didn't have a good time doing it. Author used the word arouse excessively.
Alex Ghio
So far pretty good. I do get the impression that there are some gaps in research, but I cannot confirm that.
Ronald Vasicek
I enjoyed the book. I found the infighting amongst commanders within the same army most interesting. Though, at times, there was a bit more detail than I needed.
Jeff Simms
Dec 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
One of the best books about the Civil War that I have read. About the besieged city of Chattanooga and how Grant lifted the Siege.
Iain
Sep 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Started slow, but ramped up with the events it covered and was hard to put down.
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