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For Cause and Country: A Study of the Affair at Spring Hill & the Battle of Franklin de [Jacobson, Eric A.]
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The battles at Spring Hill and Franklin, Tennessee, in the late autumn of 1864 were watershed moments in the American Civil War. Thousands of hardened veterans and a number of recruits, as well as former West Point classmates, found themselves moving through Middle Tennessee in the last great campaign of a long and bitter war. Replete with bravery, dedication, bloodshed, and controversy, these battles led directly to the conclusion of action in the Western Theater. Spring Hill and Franklin, which were once long ignored and seldom understood, have slowly been regaining their place on the national stage. They remain one of the most compelling episodes of the Civil War. Through exhaustive research and the use of sources never before published, the stories of both battles comes vividly to life in For Cause & For Country. Over 100 pages of material have been added to this new edition, including new maps and photos. The genesis and early stages of the Tennessee Campaign play out in clear and readable fashion. The lost opportunity at Spring Hill is evaluated in great detail, and the truth of what happened there is finally shown based on evidence rather than conjecture. The intricate dynamics of the Confederate high command, and especially the roles of General John Bell Hood and General Frank Cheatham, are given special attention.

The horrific battle at Franklin is told like never before. From what truly motivated John Bell Hood to launch such a desperate attack, to the vital role of Federal units either forgotten or ignored, the reader will see the confrontation portrayed in an entirely new light. Events such as the Confederate assault on the Federal left flank, the actions of the Confederate Missouri Brigade, General John Adams’ death, General William Bate’s attack, and how the Federal army emerged victorious, are given the thorough examination they have so long been denied.

For Cause & For Country offers a balanced and richly detailed study of the battles that helped to decide the outcome of the Civil War. Students of Spring Hill and Franklin will appreciate the abundance of new information which will show that the battles had a far greater scope and importance than many previously realized. Those not familiar with the story will find themselves drawn to the incredible events of late 1864, when Middle Tennessee stood center stage as the divided nation defined and repaired itself through blood and fire.

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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Franklin Remembered 18 de agosto de 2007
Por James D. Miller - Publicado en
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The Battle of Franklin, it is said, is the forgotten battle of the American Civil War. Though long over due, the battle over recent years has been the setting for if not all at least in part of three novels by Howard Bahr (The Black Flower, The Year of Jubilo, and The Judas Field) and Robert Hicks' novel, The Widow of the South. And now it is the subject of a new, nonfiction treatment of the ferocious battle of November 30th, 1864, "For Cause & For Country: At Study of the Affair at Spring Hill and the Battle of Franklin" by Eric A. Jacobson.

Jacobson's study begins with Confederate General John B. Hood's failed attempts to keep Atlanta from falling to the Federal Army and then follows Hood north into Tennessee as he hopes to lure Sherman's troops (now on their march to the sea) back to the north. Sherman didn't take the bait, but did dispatch General John Schofield to move his troops from his base at Chattanooga and converge with General Thomas's Federal troops in Nashville. Hood's objective was to intercept and defeat Schofield before he reached Thomas. Jacobson's narrative follows the race between Hood and Schofield to Columbia, Tennessee and then to Spring Hill, where Schofield narrowly, and miraculously escaped being caught by Hood and on to Franklin where the two armies clashed, and finally to Nashville where Hood was ultimately defeated.

I found Mr. Jacobson's narrative of the race to Franklin to be a bit slow and tedious, but then again it could be just me. I have visited Carnton Plantation and the Carter House in Franklin many times and am familiar with the Battle of Franklin, but not so familiar with the engagement (or lack thereof) at Spring Hill. It was my last visit to Carnton, and a tour which was lead personally by Mr. Jacobson who is a historian there, that lead me to buy this book (he was even nice enough to inscribe it for me). His description of the Battle of Franklin was mesmerizing on the tour and is even more so in his book.

Words cannot come close to describing the desperate struggle that took place when these armies clashed on that November 30th afternoon, but Mr. Jacobson comes as close as I think any person can, with vivid word pictures of the action, the desperate, horrific struggle, the ugly and bloody carnage of the battle, and its gory aftermath. I found the description of the fighting in the back yard of the Carter family's home most moving, and could almost close my eyes, and see the men, and hear the battle. I could imagine myself being with the Carter family, huddled together in their basement, listening to the whirling vortex of hell that was swirling all around them.

Mr. Jacobson highlights his text with photographs of all the major players in this cataclysmic struggle, as well as a few period photographs of the battlefield and section of color photographs of present day sites associated with the campaign and battle. Though, it is curious that a photograph of Captain Tod Carter wasn't included. There are a handful of maps, and my one criticism of the book is that I wish that there were more maps.

If you have the chance to visit The Carter House or Carnton Plantation I highly encourage you to do so. I have never had a bad tour at either location. Maybe you'll be lucky enough to catch Mr. Jacobson's tour at Carnton. If you don't have the opportunity to visit Franklin and see it for yourself, then the next best thing to being there is Eric Jacobson's book, "For Cause & For Country: A Study of the Affair of Spring Hill and the Battle of Franklin."
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4.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas The current standard on the Battle of Franklin 26 de septiembre de 2008
Por Kraig McNutt - Publicado en
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In For Cause & for Country: A Study of the Affair At Spring Hill & the Battle of Franklin
Historic Carnton Plantation author and historian Eric Jacobson has provided us with an up-to-date, accurate, comprehensive and lively treatment of the Battle of Franklin (30 November 1864). Jacobson also amply covers the pre-Franklin action in Spring Hill, Tennessee.

The Battle of Franklin was arguably one of the bloodiest five hours during the American Civil War (1861-1865). There were roughly 10,000 casualties, with probably 2,500 killed outright.

The narratives moves briskly in For Cause & for Country: A Study of the Affair At Spring Hill & the Battle of Franklin. The author covers a lot of action in this book. Jacobson is generous with his citations from the Official Records, authentic letters and diaries, and post-war recollections and accounts, especially from the National Tribune.

His treatment of the key leaders, on both sides, is fair. Jacobson knows when to intersperse battle action with an appropriate soldier first-hand account.

Jacobson is trust-worthy in his research, reliable in his interpretations, and fair in his critiques.

If you have buy one book about the Battle of Franklin start with this book by Eric Jacobson.
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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas A New Civil War Classic! 22 de julio de 2006
Por Marc R. Rogers - Publicado en
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Eric A. Jacobson has produced a magnificent addition to Civil War histories. This book is extremely well researched and also beautifully written. It will satisfy everyone from the hard-core historian to the layman looking for a tragic, true story. The genesis for Hood's 1864 Tennessee Campaign, the lost opportunity at Spring Hill and the bloody assault at Franklin are all covered. Maps and pictures illuminate the strategies and the action for the reader. The presentation is very balanced from the perspectives of both Federals and Confederates. I have a personal library comprised of numerous books on many Civil War campaigns and battles, and this book ranks among the very best.
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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas A tremendous book 28 de abril de 2010
Por Robert L. Johnson - Publicado en
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This book certainly deserves a wider readership. I have read many Civil War books over the last thirty years and there are a few that stand above the rest. For Cause & for County is just such a book. Carefully researched and full of insight the author puts you right in the trenches and into the battlelines that was the madness of the Battle of Franklin. The smell of gunpowder and the scream of wounded men are a part of every page. Even handed, and carefully balanced the reader gets a panoramic view of both sides of the battle lines.
Author Eric A. Jacobson examines the controversy that John Bell Hood was highly medicated during Spring Hill and Franklin battles, as well as long reported stories, controversies and tales of this terrible battle. We are also given many thumbnail sketches of the major and minor warriors both blue and gray. This truly is a book that is difficult to put down. I seldom write reviews but this book was to good not to. I highly compliment Mr. Jacobson for such extensive research that is a hugh part of this very readable book. Buy a copy for yourself and a copy for a friend. I know I have a few friends that will be receiving this book for their birthday. It is that good!
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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas One of the best Civil War histories I have read! 15 de abril de 2010
Por James W. Durney - Publicado en
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This book is the gold standard for Spring Hill & Franklin and is an essential book for your library. This book can answer the questions of all but the most zealous of the zealots. The text is clear, intelligent and easy to follow. The organization makes it easy to follow the complex action without being lost. The maps, while few, are in the right place and complement the text. The well-placed illustrations supplement our understanding of the story.
The author has no visible agenda.
He is not trying to savage or save someone's reputation for what happened at Spring Hill.
He is not trying to prove Hood did or did not set out to punish his army at Franklin.
He refuses to take any side but the historical record while showing how stories and justifications cause problems later. He is not debunking these stories but showing what factual base they do or do not have. In doing so, he systematically builds a powerful logical story free of finger pointing.
This campaign contains maneuvering, hard marching, skirmishing and desperate battle. The author handles each of these well. Hood's army crossing the Duck River forces Schofield out of Columbia, setting up the foot race toward Nashville. This culminates in the "Spring Hill Affair", where the smaller Union army marches past the Rebels during an all night march. The details here help us understand the fatigue and mental strain the soldiers were under that night. What happened is the easy part of the Spring Hill story. Why it happened is much harder to determine. The author writes a logical why drawing on the words of the participants. He pulls multiple stories into a coherent structure that places responsibility not blame.
The battle of Franklin is some of the best battle narrative I have read. This is both compelling and horrific reading. Franklin is a desperate fight for both sides. If the Union lines breaks, they were trapped and destroyed their best hope would be Andersonville prison. For the Rebels, failure to break the Union line ends all hope of freeing Tennessee and their dream of a new nation. The largest charge of the Civil War is fully captured in all its' majestic glory. The author's text puts the reader in the Union line watching and gives us the feel of the Rebels watching that line draw closer.
Following the charge is a detailed account of a savage fight at close quarters. The description of this fight captures all the savagery, horrors and heroics of combat. The writing is a combination of first person accounts woven into very descriptive text that produces a powerful reading experience.
This book is about Spring Hill, Franklin and the people who fought there. We get enough background and coverage of Nashville to place them in the overall war. The last chapters cover the participant's lives and what happened to the field. "Preservation" efforts for one of the Confederacy's worst defeats center on the cemetery not on the battlefield and the buildings. These chapters complete the story giving the book an additional value not found in many other histories.
I read a lot of Civil War histories; this is one of the best Civil War histories I have read.
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