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A History of the First Military Unit to Truly Embody the Doctrine of Mobile Warfare

 

Cavalry of the Heartland
The Mounted Forces of the Army of Tennessee
Edward G. Longacre

$28.00 Paperback

  • 448 pages
  • 6 x 9
  • 39 b/w, maps

About this Book

Praise for Cavalry of the Heartland:

“Putting cavalry operations into their proper context against the backdrop of the larger field operations in the west is this study’s true virtue.”—Military Review

“A broader operational military history of the Army of Tennessee’s mounted arm from 1862 through to the end of the major fighting in North Carolina. . . . The value of Cavalry of the Heartland lies in its synthetic approach—Civil War Books and Authors

A history and analysis of the finest and most flamboyant cavalry arm of the Civil War

While Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia prosecuted the war in the East for the Confederacy, the Army of Tennessee fought in the West, ranging over a tremendous expanse during the course of the Civil War, from southern Ohio and eastern Kentucky all the way to Georgia and the Carolinas. Unlike Lee’s army, however, the Army of Tennessee suffered at the hands of a series of uninspired commanders and had few impressive victories. It did have, however, arguably the best cavalry of any army in the war in terms of numbers and leadership. Led by some of the most colorful officers of the Civil War—the brilliant, pas­sionate Nathan Bedford Forrest, the flamboyant but erratic John Hunt Morgan, and the quietly competent “Fightin’ Joe” Wheeler—and grabbing headlines for daring raids, such as Morgan’s foray into Ohio, the mounted forces of the Army of Tennessee developed a strategy of a highly mobile fighting unit that could be deployed rapidly in strength to strike deep behind enemy lines and maneuver at a moment’s notice during a battle, tactics that were to have the most impact on military operations in the future. As distinguished historian Edward G. Longacre chronicles in Cavalry of the Heartland: The Mounted Forces of the Army of Tennessee, the army’s top generals failed to recognize the battle-winning potential of their cavalry and instead sent them off on sideshow operations rather than deploying them consistently to assist the main body’s efforts. Based on a wide array of research materials, Cavalry of the Heartland is the only book-length study of the strategy and tactics of the Army of Tennessee’s mounted forces from its inception in the spring of 1861 to its final bow at Bentonville, North Carolina, four years later. Throughout, numerous cam­paigns and battles are described in full detail, including Fort Donelson, Shiloh, Perryville, Murfreesboro (Stones River), Tullahoma, Chickamauga, Chattanooga, Atlanta, Nashville, and the Carolinas.

EDWARD G. LONGACRE has taught history at the University of Nebraska and the College of William and Mary. He is the author of numerous books, including War in the Ruins: The American Army’s Final Battle Against Nazi Germany (Westholme 2010) and The Cavalry at Gettysburg, recipient of the Fletcher Pratt Award

 

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