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The Army of the Cumberland   By: (1839-1902)

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The Army of the Cumberland by Henry Martyn Cist provides a comprehensive and detailed overview of this significant military force during the American Civil War. Cist, a former member of the Army of the Cumberland himself, expertly captures the essence of the army's formation, its struggles, and ultimate triumphs.

One of the notable strengths of this book is the author's meticulous research. Cist delves into an extensive range of primary sources, including personal letters, official reports, and military records, bringing to life the experiences of soldiers on various fronts. Through these vivid accounts, readers gain a deeper understanding of the challenges faced by the Army of the Cumberland as they fought against Confederate forces in key battles such as Stones River, Chickamauga, and Chattanooga.

Cist also excels in his ability to provide strategic analyses of key military campaigns. By examining the commanding generals' tactics and decision-making processes, he sheds light on the factors that influenced the outcomes of these battles. Furthermore, Cist's attention to detail helps readers grasp the complexity of troop movements and the logistical challenges faced by the Army of the Cumberland.

The author's narrative style is engaging and accessible, making the book suitable for both casual readers and Civil War enthusiasts. While the book primarily focuses on the Army of the Cumberland, Cist also provides valuable insights into the larger context of the Civil War, particularly the interactions between different Union forces and their Confederate counterparts.

One minor drawback of the book is its occasional lack of clarity in describing the geography of certain battlefields. Although maps are provided, some readers may find it challenging to fully visualize the terrain and troop movements without additional references.

Overall, The Army of the Cumberland is a well-researched and captivating account of a crucial Union army during the American Civil War. Henry Martyn Cist's expertise and attention to detail make this book an invaluable resource for those interested in studying this period of American history. Whether one is already familiar with the Army of the Cumberland or new to the subject, Cist's work is both informative and gripping, offering a deeper appreciation for the sacrifices and achievements of these soldiers.

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The Army of the Cumberland

By Henry M. Cist, Brevet Brigadier General U.S.V.; A. A. G. on the staff of Major General Rosecrans, and the staff of Major General Thomas; Secretary of the Society of the Army of the Cumberland.


The scope of this work precluded the entering into details as to the minor operations of the troops in the commands named. It has even been impossible to give the movements of troops on the battlefields in lesser organizations than brigades. The rosters of the several armies given in full in the appendices will enable those interested to trace the movements of the minor commands.

The subject is too great a one to be fully and justly treated within the limitations, both of time and space, which have necessarily been imposed here. Still, with the hope that the future student of history may glean something of value in this volume not found elsewhere, it is sent forth for the favorable consideration of its readers.

To the many friends who have kindly aided me in various ways, I return my sincere thanks. To Col. R. N. Scott, U.S.A., I am under special obligations for data furnished.

The maps for this volume were prepared by permission from those of Captain Ruger in Van Horne's "History of the Army of the Cumberland," published by Robert Clarke & Co... Continue reading book >>

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