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"Although other books and articles have described the battle at Kennesaw, this is the first major stand-alone study, thoroughly researched and written in the fascinating and colorful detail readers have come to expect from Earl J. Hess."--"Journal of America's Military Past" -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Gebundene Ausgabe .

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Die Schlacht von Kennesaw Mountain, die am 27.06.1864 in der Nähe von Marietta stattfand, gehört sicherlich zu den weniger bekannten Schlachten des amerikanischen Sezessionskrieges. Sie war Teil des Atlanta-Feldzuges, der Anfang Mai auf dem westlichen Kriegsschauplatz begonnen hatte. Unter dem Kommando von Generalmajor William T. Sherman sollte eine kampfstarke Heeresgruppe der Unionsstreitkräfte, die aus drei Armeen bestand, durch Georgia marschieren und bis nach Atlanta vorrücken. Mit der Einnahme der strategisch und wirtschaftlich wichtigen Stadt würde man dem abtrünnigen Süden einen schweren Schlag versetzen, der sich dann sogar kriegsentscheidend auswirken könnte.
Parallel hierzu startete Generalleutnant Grant auf dem östlichen Kriegsschauplatz eine großangelegte Offensive, welche die Konföderierten daran hindern sollte, wirkungsvoll von der inneren Linie aus zu operieren. Die Rebellen durften keine Gelegenheit bekommen, schnelle Truppenverlegungen von einem Kriegstheater zum anderen vorzunehmen.
Vor diesem Hintergrund untersucht der amerikanische Historiker Earl J. Hess, der zu den führenden Bürgerkriegsexperten gehört, die militärische Auseinandersetzung im Cobb County. Der Autor beschreibt zunächst die Ausgangslage von beiden Seiten und geht zudem auf die schwierigen Gelände- und Witterungsverhältnisse näher ein. Er analysiert die Führungskompetenzen der verantwortlichen Offiziere, wobei sein besonderes Interesse den jeweiligen Oberbefehlshabern Sherman und Johnston gilt. Aber auch die Leistungen und Leiden der einfachen Soldaten werden von ihm nicht vergessen.
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Prior to the release of Earl Hess' "Kennesaw Mountain: Sherman, Johnston and the Atlanta campaign," this year only two modern books have solely covered the fighting along the Kennesaw line. The first is Richard Baumgartner and Larry Strayer's "Kennesaw Mountain June 1864: Bitter standoff at the Gibraltar of Georgia," published in 1998 which has some value as it is interspersed with a spattering of first hand accounts but is totally lacking in military detail and depth. It is really more of a picture book than a military study. Russell Blount's "Clash at Kennesaw: June and July 1864," published in June of 2012 isn't tremendous either. Although not as poor as his first book published in 2010 covering the fighting along the Dallas-New Hope line, it suffers from an almost complete lack of manuscript material, a heavy reliance upon previous authors (especially Castel) and most fatally from a very simplistic presentation of the subject matter. The best existing material on the fighting along the Kennesaw line could be found in the works of Thomas Lawrence Connelly, Albert Castel, Larry Daniel and in Richard McMurry's article on the fighting at Kolb's farm published in the Civil War Times Illustrated in 1968. Many other unit histories from a litany of authors also have value and are worth a look but no adequate study of the fighting along the Kennesaw line existed.

Aside from brief explanation, the book covers the operations in the Atlanta campaign from the abandonment of the Dallas-New Hope line on June 4th through the occupation by Johnston's army of the temporary Smyrna line (or the Rottenwood-Nickajack line) on July 3rd and 4th with only brief coverage of the armies occupation of the Shoup fortifications along the Chattahoochee River from the 5th to the 9th. The book covers the operations of Sherman's Army Group against all three of Johnston's main lines between Dallas and Marietta, the Lost Mountain-Brush Mountain line (which Hess refers to as the Mountain line), including the death of Leonidas Polk on Pine Mountain on the 14th, the reduced Gilgal Church line and the Mud Creek line prior to the Army of Tennessee's withdrawal into the Kennesaw line on the night of the 18th-19th. Along with Albert Castel's coverage in "Decision in the West," this section is required reading for this portion of the campaign. That said, I was slightly disappointed that Hess didn't cover the proposed offensive of Hood's corps against the left of McPherson's Army of the Tennessee which Johnston called off on the 14th of June after Polk's death and Johnston's decision to reorient the army on the reduced Gilgal Church line.

From there, the overwhelming portion of the book is dedicated to Sherman's attempts to pry Johnston off of the Kennesaw line, opening with the penetration of Schofield's Twenty-Third Corps (AOTO) and Joseph Hooker's Twentieth Corps (AOC) via the Sandtown road on Johnston's left. Hess also offers the best coverage in book form of the nasty see-saw fighting for possession of bald knob in front of the Horseshoe salient on the left of W.H.T. Walker's division on the 20th by David Stanley's Fourth Corps division against S.R. Gist's brigade, Hardee's ensuing counterattack and the Federal attempts to retake the position on the 21st.

From there Hess covers the transfer of John Bell Hood's corps from the right flank of the Army on the 21st to the left flank of the Army via Marietta and the Powder Springs road and Hood's subsequent decision to attack moving Carter Stevenson's division into position astride the Powder Springs road and T.C. Hindman's division to the north of the road in single brigade frontage so as to connect with the left of William Hardee's corps, on the afternoon of the 22nd. At Kolb's farm, Hood delivered what was probably the most disappointing performance of his career and because Hood never really wrote about what happened on the afternoon of the 22nd historians have been required to piece together his thought process largely from speculation. Hess, like McMurry, very carefully presents what we know and doesn't overly speculate. Furthermore, the action is covered in more detail from the Federal perspective than is common as well, especially on the Federal main line in Alpheus William's division, Silas Strickland's brigade of Milo Hascall's Twenty-Third corps division and in Winegar's and Woodbury's batteries of William's division and Capt. William Wheeler's 13th New York Artillery of John Geary's division. Hess' coverage of Hooker's reporting of the attack on the night of the 22nd and his meeting with Sherman on the 23rd is all very solid. Like other historians who have studied the episode he largely discredits Sherman's account in his Memoirs but he didn't really present Castel's quite convincing argument as to how and why Hooker believed he was confronting all of Johnston's army.

Hess deals very well with Sherman's gravitation towards his decision to launch the main assaults on the 27th in both the primary text and especially later in the books conclusion where he adds more depth to the discussion than in any previous study. Hess, however doesn't emphasize Sherman's misunderstanding of the frontage of Johnston's army and Schofield's reporting of Johnston's army stretching down Olley's Creek in force as much as Castel does (see Castel page 300). It is however the best all around treatment of the decision I have read, although Castel serves as a good supplement.

The book as a tactical study is the gold standard. It is in Hess' accounting of the main assaults on the 27th that his book transcends most literature. He first covers the attack by Morgan L. Smith's division of Fifteenth Corps into Samuel French's division and Hugh Mercer's brigade of W.H.T. Walker's division along Pigeon Hill and the Southern Spur of Little Kennesaw (with a great discussion of the post action controversy between Walker and French), before moving to the massive demonstrations of Grenville Dodge's Sixteenth Corps and Francis Blair's Seventeenth Corps against Edward Walthall's and W.W. Loring's (under temporary command of W.S. Featherston) divisions. Hess then covers the assault of John Newton's division of Fourth Corps into the teeth of P.R. Cleburne's division and finally moving to the famed assaults of Daniel McCook's and John Mitchell's brigades of Jefferson Davis' division of Fourteenth Corps against George Maney's and Alfred Vaughn's brigades of B.F. Cheatham's division at the dead angle and concludes with the demonstrations of John Geary's division of Hooker's corps against Carter's and Strahl's brigades.. At least one person whom I have spoken to felt as though Hess could have covered the decision in Fourth and Fourteenth Corps to assault in column of division in more depth, but I feel as though Hess did a good job covering the allocation of the assaulting formations and of Delafield West Point theory in the book.

In the coverage of the assaults on the 27th, the book is phenomenal, Hess having tapped into repositories all over the nation and providing the best account by an overwhelming margin of the fighting on the 27th. Furthermore, Hess covers Schofield's penetration across Olley's Creek, the largely ignored fighting with Lawrence Ross' and Frank Armstrong's cavalry brigades and Sherman's shifting of his attention to Schofield's sector. Although the main assaults were all repulsed on the 27th, many don't realize that the day closed with Federal infantry in possession of a by-road that ran northward to Marietta and were in striking distance of Ruff's Mill at the Sandtown-Smyrna road crossroads. Hess fleshes out more clearly than any previous author how tenuous Johnston's Kennesaw line really was and how quickly it was compromised after the main assaults.. Hess also offers substantial coverage to both the "residue" of the horrific action of the 27th and to the following five days of suffering along the Kennesaw line. The discussion of the extreme difficulty in transporting wounded to reserve hospitals, whilst maintaining an adequate supply stream is especially instructive and offers a logistical discussion not always found in tactical studies.

It should be understood, that the book is a military study and hence some things are not explored. Hardee's correspondence with Braxton Bragg on the 22nd of June which had a devastating impact on Johnston's credibility in Richmond went unmentioned. Johnston's meetings with Senator Benjamin Hill of Georgia and Louis Wigfall of Texas and their subsequent testimony is also uncovered. Benjamin Hill, who met with Davis on the 10th of July, the day after Johnston's army had abandoned the Shoup fortifications and fallen back across the Chattahoochee is absent. Hill's testimony was a critical piece of the mounting evidence against Johnston that ultimately led to his removal and hence could certainly have been included. For superb coverage of that aspect of the campaign I will reference readers to Thomas Lawrence Connelly's "Autumn of Glory."

For the most part the maps are adequate and are numerous enough, although the detail is somewhat problematic in the earlier maps, especially the map of the action at Kolb's farm.

The book concludes with the abandonment of the Kennesaw line on the night of the 2nd/3rd of July and the ultimate turning of the Smyrna line. The accounts Hess presents from the rank and file of Sherman's army group are especially moving, as the United States flag flies over a line so dearly won.

The appendix covers the field fortifications across the entire line and Hess' study of them over the years which is especially useful as a tool to integrate with the text and covers the process of preservation at Kennesaw Mountain, now one of the best preserved sites of the entire War in the Western theater.

No finer book has been released in 2013. If you pick up one book about the fighting along the Kennesaw line, make it Earl Hess' "Kennesaw Mountain."

Nathan Towne
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A very readable serious history 9. Mai 2013
Von James W. Durney - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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In 1864, the United States launched two major efforts to end the Civil War.

The Overland Campaign quickly became a brutal slugfest. The Army of Northern Virginia was determined to fight for every inch of land and the Army of the Potomac was just as determined to advance. Even after 3 years of war, the causality list shocked the public. Most of the public's attention focused on Lee and Grant in Virginia.

The Army of the Cumberland under George Thomas, the Army of the Tennessee under James B. McPherson and the Army of the Ohio under John Schofield reported to William Sherman.
They were to march into Georgia with two objectives: keep the Confederacy from reinforcing Lee with troops from Johnston and capture Atlanta.
Northern Georgia has room to maneuver and Sherman had the resources to do so. Johnston would take a strong position.
Sherman would confront him with part of his force while using the rest to flank Johnston forcing him to fall back. This was a campaign of marching and skirmishing with few battles.

Kennesaw Mountain is the largest and bloodiest battle of the campaign. Johnston took a very strong position that was not easily flanked.
For a variety of reasons, Sherman elects to assault Johnston.

The author provides enough background and campaigning to set the stage without losing sight of the book's object.
Once at Kennesaw, the gears shift from fast overview to a detailed look at the battle. The result is a comprehensive history that never sacrifices readability for details.
This is not just "front & flanks", although they are not ignored. This is political considerations, competition within Sherman's armies, care of the wounded and treatment of the POWs.
All of this is presented as it happens with almost no "would a, should a or could a". This style of presentation helps us understand the real situation as it was understood at the time.

Earl J. Hess is one of our best authors. He writes very readable, informative histories that never fail to inform and entertain.
UNC Press is a premium publisher that refuses cut corners by skimping on maps, endnotes and all the things that we expect in a serious history.
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Excellent 10. Mai 2013
Von William P. Lang - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Everything I expected from Earl Hess, the most complete book ever written on the battle for Kennesaw Mountain. Excellent maps, photos and details of the battleield.
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The Case for Joe Johnston's Stand at Kennesaw Mountain 25. August 2014
Von A. A. Nofi - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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A summary of the review on StrategyPage.Com:

'In this work, Prof. Hess (Lincoln Memorial University) argues effectively that Joe Johnston’s stand at Kennesaw Mountain in June - July 1864 “might have been the Confederates’ best chance to halt the Federal drive toward Atlanta.” A concise introductory chapter covering events from early May through mid-June, is followed by eight more that examine events culminating in Sherman’s ouster of Johnston’s army from its positions though a combination of fighting and maneuver. Hess pays particular attention to the opening clash in the Battle of Kolb’s Farm (June 22), viewing it as shaping all subsequent events. He examines the thought processes of both generals, the condition of their troops, and how events shaped subsequent developments in the theatre. As he does so, Hess often gives us interesting little portraits of some of the men involved, and a number of very good battle pieces. He ends the work with a look at what can be learned by an examination of the current state of the battle site. A valuable contribution to the history of the war in the West.'

For the full review, see StrategyPage.Com
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Kennesaw Mountain 23. September 2013
Von Carol Campbell - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Dr. Earl J. Hess is one of my former professors and along with being a great military historian and writer, is also a wonderful mentor. As I fully expected, this book is an excellent depiction of one segment of Sherman's and of the author's grasp of the military aspects of Sherman's campaigns in the west. Although I do not consider myself a "military" historian, I have long recognized that historians need to be well acquainted with the armies' actions in order to fully understand the Civil War. Kennesaw Mountain added greatly to my understanding of the military aspects and gave added insight into (1) the hardships suffered by both armies during the war and (2) the restrictions imposed on commanders by the necessity of maintaining a secure supply line.
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