Decision in the Heartland: The Civil War in the West by Steven E. WoodworthDecision in the Heartland: The Civil War in the West by Steven E. Woodworth

Decision in the Heartland: The Civil War in the West

bySteven E. Woodworth

Paperback | July 1, 2011

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The verdict is in: the Civil War was won in the West, that is, in the nation’s heartland, between the Appalachian Mountains and the Mississippi River. Contrary to much popular literature, serious scholars have determined in one careful study after another the pivotal importance of what was, at the time of the Civil War, the western United States. In this fast-paced overview, Steven E. Woodworth presents his case for the decisiveness of that theater.
Overwhelming evidence now indicates that western campaigns cost the Confederacy vast territories, the manufacturing center of Nashville, the financial center of New Orleans, communications hubs such as Corinth, Chattanooga, and Atlanta, along with the agricultural produce of the breadbasket of the Confederacy. They sapped the morale of Confederates and buoyed the spirits of Unionists, ultimately sealing the Northern electorate’s decision to return Lincoln to the presidency for a second term and to see the war through to final victory. Detailing the “western” clashes (Fort Donelson, Shiloh, Chattanooga, and Atlanta) that proved so significant, Woodworth contends that it was there alone that the Civil War could be—and was—decided.
Steven E. Woodworth is a professor of history at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. He is the author, coauthor, or editor of thirty-one books, including Six Armies in Tennessee and Chickamauga, both available in Bison Books editions, as well as Jefferson Davis and His Generals, winner of the 1990 Fletcher Pratt Award.
Title:Decision in the Heartland: The Civil War in the WestFormat:PaperbackDimensions:202 pages, 9.01 × 6.01 × 0.48 inPublished:July 1, 2011Publisher:UNP - Bison BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0803236263

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Table of Contents

Chapter One: Forts Henry and Donelson
Chapter Two: The Confederacy Strikes Back
Chapter Three: The Presidents Take a Hand
Chapter Four: From Deadlock to Decision
Chapter Five: From Tullahoma to Missionary Ridge
Chapter Six: Winter Interlude, 1864
Chapter Seven: The Atlanta Campaign
Chapter Eight: To Durham Station
Bibliographical Essay

Editorial Reviews

"Steven Woodworth has written an excellent, succinct, and well-reasoned analysis of the Civil War in the western theater and its decisive importance to overall Union victory."-Timothy Story, Army History
- Timothy Story - Army History