Yes, I am no expert on Bragg, but Hess seems pretty fair. As I said in the review, this is not an attempt to rehab Bragg, but it is less myth and more documentation.Hess isn't afraid to point out where Bragg failed though and points out that, in his opinion, he should have stepped down after Stones River, when round robin letters, distrust and back stabbing kicked things up beyond the point of no return for him and majority of his senior commanders. I'm just now getting to Tullahoma/Chickamauga/Chattanooga, where things start to fall apart quickly, but I think it's a fair assessment of Bragg so far without resorting to the usual "punching bag of the Confederacy" stuff.
Did you finish? What did you think?I'm about a third through. I'm not a big fan of quoting other authors when refuting a statement or fact/ fiction, and Hess does this ad nauseam. Also, he uses Lee's failures at Malvern Hill and Antietam (not sure that was a failure) to offset Bragg's Kentucky adventures. Again, not finished but not sold yet.
Not a book review editor, but definitely a book review reader. I was talking to @KansasFreestater in Gettysburg in September and and we both confessed to being inveterate readers of the New York Times Book Review, to which she subscribes. She said that she can never get around to reading all the books she wants to, but the reviews give her a chance to get the most salient parts of the books reviewed. I am the same way.Pat. Thanks for offering this wonderful and enlightening review of Hess's book on Braxton Bragg... Question for you Pat: In a previous life were you a book review editor by chance? In my opinion, you are a very good writer and I enjoy very much reading your well written book reviews. Keep up the great work. Regards and Cheers. David.
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