Roll Call to Destiny, Brent Nosworthy

Roll Call to Destiny, Brent Nosworthy

The Solder's Eye View of Civil War Battles

This book takes a very different approach to the battles of the American Civil War. Each chapters looks at one incident or aspect of a particular battle, from the point of view of the individual small units involved in that incident.

The emphasis of the book changes as it goes on. As Nosworthy discovered during his research, the exact details of what happened at some of the best known moments in the Civil War is still not entirely clear, so while in the early chapters the emphasis is on how the individual soldier experienced the battle, in some of the latter chapters there is as much emphasis on trying to make the various accounts mesh together to produce a coherent account.

The scale of the account varies also varies between the chapters, with five focusing on one particular unit and four looking at both sides of an engagement in more detail, and with a good balance between infantry, cavalry and artillery engagements.

Nosworthy has found a very interesting approach to some very well known battles. Amongst the battles covered are First Bull Run, Fair Oaks, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg and Missionary Ridge, each of which has been studied in great detail, and yet in several cases Nosworthy has found something new to say, or an area where the accepted view of what happened is not supported by many of the contemporary accounts. This book will be of value to anyone with an interest in the Civil War battlefield.

Author: Brent Nosworthy
Edition: Hardcover
Pages: 352
Publisher: Basic Books
Year: 2008

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