William S. Rosecrans and the Union Victory

A Civil War Biography

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About the Book

This is the first biography of Union General William S. Rosecrans in more than fifty years. It tells the story of his military successes and the important results that led to the Union victory in the Civil War: winning the first major campaign of the war in West Virginia in 1861; victories in northeastern Mississippi that made the Vicksburg Campaign possible; gaining the victory without which Abraham Lincoln said the “nation could scarcely have lived over”; conducting two brilliant campaigns in Tennessee and fighting the battle of Chickamauga (giving permanent possession of Chattanooga to the federals); defending Missouri from an invasion in 1864. The book also attempts to explain why Rosecrans was removed four times despite his military successes and examines the important part politics played in the war. Additionally it reveals a man who promoted many advances in medical care, transportation and cartography; a man interested in engineering as well as theology.

About the Author(s)

David G. Moore has been a history guide for more than 30 years. He lives in Washington, D.C.

Bibliographic Details

David G. Moore
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 252
Bibliographic Info: 12 photos, appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2014
pISBN: 978-0-7864-7624-4
eISBN: 978-1-4766-1306-2
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction 1
1. Before the War 5
2. West Virginia 10
3. Iuka 23
4. Corinth 38
5. In Command 52
6. Stones River 61
7. Creating a New Army 72
8. Tullahoma 85
9. Opposition from Many Sides 91
10. Chickamauga 100
11. After Chickamauga 121
12. Grant in Control 137
13. Missouri 151
14. A Spy in the Army 163
15. Washburne 170
16. After the War 188
17. A Final Note 199
Appendix A 201
Appendix B 205
Chapter Notes 211
Bibliography 221
Index 235

Book Reviews & Awards

“thoroughly researched”—Civil War Times; “well-researched and a good read…intriguing”—Blue & Gray Magazine.