Chickamauga: A Novel of the American Civil War
Just after first light on the morning of September 18th, 1863, in the deep woods on the banks of Chickamauga Creek, a single brigade of Federal infantry stumbled into a full division of Confederate cavalry, and so began one of the bloodiest conflicts of the American Civil War.
Chickamauga is the story, fictionalized, of that momentous conflict. For two days, the Confederate Army of Tennessee under the command of General Braxton Bragg, and the Federal Army of the Cumberland led by Major General William Rosecrans, tore at one another during a battle that ebbed and flowed, favoring first one side and then the other. But the Devil is in the details, and a single, inaccurate battlefield report led to a glorious Confederate charge and the total and devastating defeat of the Federal army. Chickamauga is the story of heroism, desperate deeds, and death and destruction on a scale the like of which had never been seen before.
The story of the Battle of Chickamauga is told through the eyes of the Generals who planned the grand strategies, and the soldiers who fought, often hand-to-hand, one of the bloodiest conflicts in American History.
Chickamauga is the intense story of the young men, the everyday soldiers, who must fight, not only the enemy, but also their own fears and inner doubts to find the courage to face seemingly insurmountable odds. It’s also the story of their superior officers, and the generals who control their fates; men who are determined to charge into Hell itself to achieve victory. You’ll stand side-by-side with them as they contest one disordered, ear splitting, ground shaking battle after another.
The author weaves unbelievable, but true tales of breakdowns in communication, insubordinate commanders, and strategies that falter and fail in the heat of total war. You’ll learn of the iron bonds forged between friends and companions on the battlefield, morals and ideals brought into question, and of victory achieved through pure grit and dogged determination, split-second decisions, and total dedication to the cause. Chickamauga is the story of ordinary people in extraordinary times.
This 1863 battle, on the banks of Chickamauga Creek, the River of Death, cost the armies of both sides more than 37,000 casualties; it was the bloodiest two days of the entire Civil War.