Soldier of Tennessee: General Alexander P. Stewart and the Civil War in the West

Soldier of Tennessee: General Alexander P. Stewart and the Civil War in the West

by Sam Davis Elliott


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As one of the few higher-ranking officers in the Army of Tennessee to avoid controversy, General Alexander P. Stewart (1821–1908) was an outstanding, but not outrageous, leader. In this masterful biography, Sam Davis Elliott traces the life of this undeservedly obscure general, from his early years at West Point through his involvement in nearly all of the battles fought by the Army of Tennessee to his postwar career as an educator and Civil War park commissioner. More than the story of one man, Soldier of Tennessee poignantly conveys the triumphs and failures of the Confederate effort in the West and a divided nation’s efforts at reconciliation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807129708
Publisher: Louisiana State University Press
Publication date: 03/01/2004
Pages: 340
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.75(h) x (d)

About the Author

Sam Davis Elliott is the author an attorney in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and the editor of Doctor Quintard, Chaplain C.S.A. and Second Bishop of Tennessee: The Memoir and Civil War Diary of Charles Todd Quintard.

Table of Contents

Abbreviations Used in Notesxvii
1Son of the Volunteer State: Rogersville, Winchester, West Point, and Cumberland1
2The Defense of Our Rights: Secession to New Madrid17
3No Army Did Better Work: Shiloh33
4Veterans from the Volunteer State: Perryville48
5In a Manner That Is Beyond Praise: Murfreesboro61
6Old Straight: Interlude in Middle Tennessee76
7An Entire Failure: The Tullahoma Campaign87
8Strong Arms and Stout Hearts: The Chickamauga Campaign111
9My Line Was Too Long and Weak: Missionary Ridge136
10A Defensive Campaign: From Dalton to the Chattahoochee165
11After a Desperate Fight and Heavy Loss: The Fall of Atlanta198
12The Disastrous Campaign into Tennessee: Spring Hill, Franklin, and Nashville225
13The Noble Army of Tennessee Disbanded: The Carolina Campaign and the End of the War259
14A Quiet, Peaceable, Law-Abiding Citizen: Educator and Businessman, 1865-1889273
15A Dream of the Past: Confederate Veteran and Park Commissioner, 1890-1908286
Conclusion: A Man Growing Before Our Eyes301

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Soldier of Tennessee: General Alexander P. Stewart and the Civil War in the West 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Shrike58 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A workman-like biography of a workman-like officer, Elliott has the problem of writing the life of a man who shunned notoriety and who mostly went about the business of fulfilling his duty to the best of his ability; it doesn't leave for many colorful stories. That Stewart emerged from the snake pit that was the Confederate Army of Tennessee respected by most everyone he encountered is probably the man's most salient military achievement. At least besides apparently being responsible as much as anyone that there was an Army of Tennessee after the debacle of Hood's winter offensive.