THE BATTLE OF NASHVILLE
RECOLLECTIONS OF CONFEDERATE & UNION SOLDIERS
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The consequences of the Battle of Nashville, which took place December 15-16, 1864, are still being debated, but one thing is certain: the Union victory there marked a major turning point in the War of 1861.
After losing three battles in a row, including Spring Hill (November 29) and Franklin (November 30), Confederate General John Bell Hood and his troops were forced to flee southward, leaving the all-important
region of Middle Tennessee largely under Union control. Confederate power in the Western Theater had been vanquished, for as Yankees loudly and proudly proclaimed, they had “crushed the backbone of the
rebellion,” a victory that helped lead to Lee’s surrender at Appomattox just a few months later.
There are serious problems with this simplistic view, however. The Union win at Nashville was not “a remarkable display of Northern military skill,” nor was the Confederate defeat “an illustration of the inferiority of
Southern generals,” as we have been taught. For one thing, the North had 82,000 soldiers at Nashville, the South a mere 20,000. In addition to a four-to-one numerical advantage, the North had unlimited funds,
weaponry, ammunition, clothing, and food, while many of Hood’s men were starving, coatless, and barefoot.
As for the so-called “Rebellion,” the Right-wing South idolized the Union and the U.S. Constitution, for both were largely a creation of early Southern Conservatives, such as George Washington, James Madison,
Thomas Jefferson, and George Mason. Therefore Dixie had absolutely no reason to “rebel” against the United States itself. What she was actually protesting and challenging was the Left-wing takeover of
Washington, D.C., which commenced with the election of Liberal demagogue Abraham Lincoln (the political platforms of the Republicans and Democrats were reversed in the 1860s), who — eagerly supported
by GOP-backing socialists and communists — publicly stated that he was willing to violate the Constitution in order to implement his progressive policies (this promise Lincoln officially began fulfilling on April 15,
1861). Furthermore, the Confederate Cause was not slavery, racism, or treason, as our history books falsely preach. It was, and still is, conservatism, a principle that is stronger and more vibrant today than ever
before. Clearly “the backbone of the rebellion” was not “crushed” at Nashville!
So what are the facts about this famous conflict? In his small but powerful book The Battle of Nashville: Recollections of Confederate and Union Soldiers, award-winning author and historian Colonel Lochlainn
Seabrook allows those who were there (among them many of his Confederate cousins) to answer this question. After reading the 30 eyewitness accounts he provides, the reader will have a much better
understanding of the conflict, of the battles that led up to Nashville (which was never meant to be fought), and even of the War itself. Illustrated with rare images and generously footnoted, Col. Seabrook also
includes a thought-provoking introduction, battle statistics, 19th-Century maps, a pertinent appendix, and a comprehensive bibliography. This book is part of his “Hood’s Tennessee Campaign” trilogy series, which
includes his popular companion books, The Battle of Spring Hill and The Battle of Franklin (this three-book series can be purchased at a discount price here on our Webstore). The Battle of Nashville is available
in paperback and hardcover. (All text copyright © Sea Raven Press)
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AUTHOR-EDITOR: Lochlainn Seabrook
CONTENT: adult nonfiction
SUBJECTS: American Civil War, Confederate history, Union history, military history, Nashville, Tennessee history
ILLUSTRATED: yes (b/w)
SIZE: 5.5” x 8.5”
LENGTH: 150 pages
COVER: paperback/perfect bound/gloss finish; hardcover/case laminate/matte finish
PUBLISHER: Sea Raven Press
ISBN: 978-1-943737-73-4 (paperback)
ISBN: 978-1-943737-74-1 (hardcover)
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MAYOR DAVID BRILEY, NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE
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