The Smoke at Dawn

The Smoke at Dawn

A Novel of the Civil War

Book - 2014
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"The latest installment in the series that began with A Blaze of Glory and A Chain of Thunder. Summer, 1863: the Federal triumph at Vicksburg has secured complete control of the vital Mississippi River from the Confederacy. Under the now-proven leadership of Ulysses Grant, the victorious Federal army moves eastward, intent on the capture of the rail hub of Chattanooga, with the eventual goal of a march on Atlanta. But the Confederate forces are not yet defeated. Under General Braxton Bragg, the Confederates stun the Federal army with a bloody victory at the Battle of Chickamauga. The Federal commander there, William Rosecrans, leads a chaotic retreat back into Tennessee, where the Federal army soon finds itself besieged at Chattanooga. A disgusted Abraham Lincoln implores Grant to break the siege, and if successful, continue the strategy of crushing Bragg's army. Arriving in Chattanooga, Grant begins the campaign that will break the South's grip with an audacious attack driven by the zeal of the Federal soldiers themselves: the first in a series of triumphant victories that will drive the Confederates back to their great stronghold of Atlanta. The primary voices from the Northern side include Generals Grant, William T. Sherman and George Thomas and a young lieutenant named Sammie Willis. The voices of the Southern side include Generals Bragg, Patrick Cleburne, James Longstreet, and a young cavalry lieutenant, James Seeley, who rides with Nathan Bedford Forrest"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, [2014]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780345527417
0345527410
9780345527431
Branch Call Number: F SHAAR-J
Characteristics: xx, 495 pages : maps ; 25 cm

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Never take anything for granted,...

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There is no defeating nature.

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Failure has its price.

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... the government pays us to fight, not to surrender.

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There's time enough to die.

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..., that great messages lie in those things most people might miss.

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TheresaAJ
Apr 24, 2017

Shaara, in his third book of the Western Theater series, reimagines the battle of Chattanooga in November 1863. After victories at Vicksburg and Gettysburg, Ulysses S. Grant has taken command of the Army of the Cumberland and is relying on William Tecumseh Sherman to help him with the final push through Tennessee and Georgia. The author effectively imagines the battle through the voices of the commanding generals who issue orders, junior officers who carry out the orders, and men on the ground who kill each other with bullets and bayonets. The reader can feel the hunger, misery, and chaos of the men on the ground while junior officers relay orders they don't believe in and generals bicker among themselves while trying to present vainglorious images to the reporters and politicians who follow the armies around the south. Shaara's series is a sharp reminder that war as portrayed in media is vastly different war's reality.

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Keogh
Aug 25, 2014

This is the third book in a four book series focused on the American Civil War in the Western theatre. Jeff Shaara combines history with the craft of the novelist in this dramatic narrative of the battle of Chattanooga. Shaara examines the point of view of the enlisted man throughout the book, getting the fury of battle right from the midst of it. He also looks at a number of the commanders, taking on their point of view. Grant, Sherman, Thomas, Bragg, Longstreet, Forrest, and other generals come across quite clearly in his writing. The biggest surprise is Patrick Cleburne, a Confederate general who's often overlooked. Cleburne's voice is very strongly written by Shaara, who makes him come alive.

fergusonfan Jul 16, 2014

This is the third of four books Shaara is writing to coincide with the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War. This book takes place in the Western theater of the war, an area that has been overlooked until recently. I could not put the book down once I started it!!

kdka Jul 03, 2014

Probably the best and most interesting book of a part of the civil war that I have ever read. A wonderful, interspersing of fiction within the actual events from the minds of civil war participants -- definitely felt like I didn't want to put it down and never wanted it to end. Not all fiction, actual thinking of the generals (based on diaries, notes, battle plans, etc.). Not a documentary by any means. A great job of authoring!

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