New York Times bestselling author Jeff
Shaara returns to the Civil War terrain he knows so well, with the latest novel
in the series that started with A Blaze of Glory and A Chain of
Thunder. In The Smoke at Dawn, the last great push of the Army of
the Cumberland sets the stage for a decisive confrontation at Chattanooga that
could determine the outcome of the war.
1863. The Federal triumph at Vicksburg has secured complete control of the
Mississippi River from the Confederacy, cementing the reputation of Ulysses S.
Grant. Farther east, the Federal army under the command of William Rosecrans
captures the crucial rail hub at Chattanooga. But Rosecrans is careless, and
while pursuing the Confederates, the Federal forces are routed in north Georgia
at Chickamauga Creek. Retreating in a panic back to Chattanooga, Rosecrans is
pursued by the Confederate forces under General Braxton Bragg. Penned up, with
their supply lines severed, the Federal army seems doomed to the same kind of
defeat that plagued the Confederates at Vicksburg. But a disgusted Abraham
Lincoln has seen enough of General Rosecrans. Ulysses Grant is elevated to
command of the entire theater of the war and immediately replaces Rosecrans
with General George Thomas. Grant gathers an enormous force, including armies
commanded by Joseph Hooker and Grant’s friend William T. Sherman. Grant’s
mission is clear: break the Confederate siege and destroy Bragg’s army.
Meanwhile, Bragg wages war as much with his own subordinates as he does with
the Federals, creating dissension and disharmony in the Southern ranks, erasing
the Confederate Army’s superiority at exactly the wrong time.
evocative historical detail with searing depictions of battle, Jeff Shaara
immerses listeners in the world of commanders and common soldiers, civilians
and statesmen. From the Union side come the voices of Generals Grant, William
Tecumseh Sherman, and George Thomas—the vaunted “Rock of Chickamauga”—as well
as the young private Fritz “Dutchie” Bauer. From the Rebel ranks come Generals
Bragg, Patrick Cleburne, and James Longstreet, as well as legendary cavalry
commander Nathan Bedford Forrest. A tale of history played out on a human scale
in the grand Shaara tradition, The Smoke at Dawn vividly recreates the
climactic months of the war in the West, when the fate of a divided nation
truly hangs in the balance. Download and start listening now!