James Lee McDonough Thomas Lawrence Connelly
- Title: Five Tragic Hours: The Battle Of Franklin
- Author: James Lee McDonough Thomas Lawrence Connelly
- ISBN: 9780870493966
- Page: 333
- Format: Hardcover
On a November afternoon in 1864, the weary General John Bell Hood surveyed the army waiting to attack the Federals at Franklin, Tennessee He gave the signal almost at dusk, and the Confederates rushed forward to utter devastation This book describes the events and causes of the five hour battle in gripping detail, particularly focusing on the reasons for such slaughter aOn a November afternoon in 1864, the weary General John Bell Hood surveyed the army waiting to attack the Federals at Franklin, Tennessee He gave the signal almost at dusk, and the Confederates rushed forward to utter devastation This book describes the events and causes of the five hour battle in gripping detail, particularly focusing on the reasons for such slaughter at a time when the outcome of the war had already been decided The genesis of the senseless tragedy, according to McDonough and Connelly, lay in the appointment of Hood to command the Army of Tennessee It was his decision to throw a total force of some 20,000 men into an ill advised frontal assault against the Union troops The Confederates made their approach, without substantial artillery support, on a level of some two miles Why did Hood select such a catastrophic strategy The authors analyze his reasoning in full Their vivid and moving narrative, with statements from eyewitnesses to the battle, makes compelling reading for all Civil War buffs and historians.
Recent Comments "Five Tragic Hours: The Battle Of Franklin"
Heart-rending however, I really need to read the new biography of John Bell Hood, because it challenges the opinion, expressed in this book and others, that he was arrogant and reckless and wanted to force his troops into a frontal assault to overcome their "cowardice." Hood comes off badly in this book and, as with any commander who is vilified, one needs to consider the source(s). The human cost of Franklin was incontrovertibly awful;this short narrative takes you as close to hell as any one w [...]
It is fitting that I finished this book the day Lee's statue came down in New Orleans. Franklin was to the Confederates what Culloden was to the Jacobites. This is a book from another era. The story is told mostly from the Confederate point of view and describes in visceral detail the bloodbath at Franklin. It is a tale of wasted valor. It is a tale that in the future few will tell nor care to hear. The Confederacy is fast being seen as the Nazis of the nineteenth century, eviscerating the compl [...]
This is a good account of the Battle of Franklin complete with maps and photos. I found it easy and enjoyable to read. The only reason I didn't give it five stars is that the author states as fact the drunkenness of Gen. Hood, but this has been disputed in contemporary accounts. My opinion is that the author should have stated this as a possibility rather than fact. Regardless, I still consider this book one of my top references on Franklin.
This might be the book I read. A good account of this famous bloody battle south of Nashville that preceded and helped determine the outcome of the battle of Nashville. As I recall it anyway. The book I read also contained a briefer account of the Nashville stuff. Date is a guess.
Gripping story of an epic battle that was the last for the Confederates in the West. As I was recently recently reminded, "Those southern boys could fight!" Alas, they were poorly led and outgunned at Franklin.
Good read for the period.
Another of my books in pursuit of my obsession with the Battle of Franklin.
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