☆ Kennesaw Mountain: Sherman, Johnston, and the Atlanta Campaign || ✓ PDF Read by ✓ Earl J. Hess

By Earl J. Hess | Comments: ( 999 ) | Date: ( Apr 01, 2020 )

While fighting his way toward Atlanta, William T Sherman encountered his biggest roadblock at Kennesaw Mountain, where Joseph E Johnston s Army of Tennessee held a heavily fortified position The opposing armies confronted each other from June 19 to July 3, 1864, and Sherman initially tried to outflank the Confederates His men endured heavy rains, artillery duels, snipiWhile fighting his way toward Atlanta, William T Sherman encountered his biggest roadblock at Kennesaw Mountain, where Joseph E Johnston s Army of Tennessee held a heavily fortified position The opposing armies confronted each other from June 19 to July 3, 1864, and Sherman initially tried to outflank the Confederates His men endured heavy rains, artillery duels, sniping, and a fierce battle at Kolb s Farm before Sherman decided to directly attack Johnston s position on June 27 Kennesaw Mountain tells the story of an important phase of the Atlanta campaign Historian Earl J Hess explains how this battle, with its combination of maneuver and combat, severely tried the patience and endurance of the common soldier and why Johnston s strategy might have been the Confederates best chance to halt the Federal drive toward Atlanta He gives special attention to the engagement at Kolb s Farm on June 22 and Sherman s assault on June 27 A final section explores the Confederate earthworks preserved within the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park.


  • Title: Kennesaw Mountain: Sherman, Johnston, and the Atlanta Campaign
  • Author: Earl J. Hess
  • ISBN: 9781469602110
  • Page: 300
  • Format: Hardcover

About Author:

Earl J. Hess

Earl J Hess is Stewart W McClelland Chair in History at Lincoln Memorial University and the author of numerous books on the Civil War.



Comments Kennesaw Mountain: Sherman, Johnston, and the Atlanta Campaign

  • Aaron Shipman

    I enjoyed this book. Mr. Hess set out to write a history of the battle trying to objectively show both sides of the story. For the most part, I find that Mr. Hess was able to accomplish his goal. Before reading the book, I had little knowledge of the battle. I knew that Sherman threw his army at Johnston's lines and was repulsed and that is all. After reading the book, I now know that the battle was basically a reconnaissance in force; and a bloody one at that. My complaints about the book are t [...]


  • Richard Taylor

    Not a bad history of the battles surrounding Kennesaw Mountain, but it considerable detail. Sometimes I felt I was slogging along with the soldiers. As someone who lives one mile from the battlefield park and drives all the roads frequently, I had only two problems with the book. One was that the it wasn't equally balanced between the federals under Sherman and the confederates under Johnston. As I was reading I was aware of a bias towards the stories and sketches toward the federal movements an [...]


  • Jim

    If you're only going to read 1 book about the battles around Johnston's Kennesaw Mountain line, this is the one to choose. He objectively discusses the placement of the Confederate fortifications in great detail, faulty tactics on both sides (Hood failed to do any reconnaisance before he attacked at Kolb's Farm and was soundly defeated; the main Union assault on 6/27 used columns of troops instead of lines of battle), successful Union flanking tactics and the post-battle & post-war blame gam [...]


  • Damon Hall

    Good, but not great book. I generally enjoy Earl J. Hess' writing, but this was weakest book of his that I have read (I have read/own three of his other books, one he co-authored) It felt either rushed or that he cobbled the book together from other notes that he had from other projects. Still it was enjoyable and needed. Not enough has been written about the Atlanta Campaign, or the Battles to take Atlanta. Maps were good, better then average but no complete Order of Battle for the two armies.


  • Mark

    A pretty solid history of this Civil War battle that breaks little new ground but (unsurprisingly, considering the author's previous works) emphasizes the role of fieldworks. I usually don't read standard battle histories for my personal or professional development, but I grew up just down the road from Kennesaw Mountain, and I wrote my MA thesis on this engagement. Still, for what it is, it's pretty good, particularly it's maps which many battle studies don't include enough of.


  • Paul Miller

    Being a Civil war guy and living in the Atlanta area, I was obligated to pick this guy up. If I regularly use 'abatis' in your conversation about the Civil War, you'll 'get' this book. If you don't (me), but you're willing to spend a little time on what battle tactics REALLY were like, give this guy a go. The gist of the battle is simple enough, the scale narrow enough, you get a decent feel for things. The text would be better served by a "Civil War Tactics for Dummies" appendix.


  • Fredrick Danysh

    Kennesaw Mountain is a very readable account of Sherman's campaign towards Atlanta and the battle at Kennesaw Mountain One improvement would be to show the battle lines on the maps instead of just terrain features. Otherwise it is a good addition to the American Civil War library. There are exxtensive notations from many references.


  • William P.

    A rather detailed battle book about a really somewhat unknow battle.


  • Linda

    Reviewed for PW


  • Matthew Ericson

    Hess as usual provides excellent insight and analysis. Maps are always good.


  • James Boling

    Topic that interests me but the book didn't hold my interest. Maybe will retry later.


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