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A companion volume to Army of the Heartland
Near the end of 1862 the Army of Tennessee began a long and frustrating struggle against overwhelming obstacles and ultimate defeat. Federal strength was growing, and after the Confederate surrender at Vicksburg, the total Union effort became concentrated against the Army of Tennessee. In the face of these external military problems, the army was also plagued with internal conflict, continuing command discord, and political intrigue.
In Autumn of Glory, the final volume of Thomas Lawrence Connellys definitive history of one of the Confederacys two major military forces, Connelly analyzes the factors underlying the armys failure during the last two years of the Civil War.
The armys military operationsincluding such major battles and campaigns as Murfreesboro, Chickamauga, Lookout Mountain, Missionary Ridge, Kennesaw Mountain, Peachtree Creek, Atlanta, Ezra Church, Jonesboro, and Bentonvilleare viewed in perspective with its growing internal problems and the personality peculiarities of its commanders.
In late 1863 a well-organized movement within the army against General Bragg failed. After his departure, a semblance of the anti-Bragg organization still remained, and subsequently the armys leadership became embroiled in national Confederate politics. Connelly traces these growing problems of command discord and political intrigue and examines their disastrous effects upon the armys political fortunes.
Connellys first volume, Army of the Heartland, explores the military significance of the heartland of the Confederacy and covers the armys operations from 1861 to late 1862. With the completion of these two volumes, the author has narrowed the historiographical gap between Lees Army of Virginia and the Confederacys other army.