John R. Lundberg's compelling new military history chronicles
the evolution of Granbury's Texas Brigade, perhaps the most
distinguished combat unit in the Confederate Army of Tennessee.
Named for its commanding officer, Brigadier General Hiram B.
Granbury, the brigade fought tenaciously in the western theater
even after Confederate defeat seemed certain. Granbury's Texas
Brigade explores the motivations behind the unit's decision to
continue to fight, even as it faced demoralizing defeats and
Confederate collapse. Using a vast array of letters, diaries, and
regimental documents, Lundberg offers provocative insight into the
minds of the unit's men and commanders. The caliber of that
leadership, he concludes, led to the group's overall high
Lundberg asserts that although mass desertion rocked Granbury's
Brigade early in the war, that desertion did not necessarily
indicate a lack of commitment to the Confederacy but merely a
desire to fight the enemy closer to home. Those who remained in the
ranks became the core of Granbury's Brigade and fought until the
final surrender. Morale declined only after Union bullets cut down
much of the unit's officer corps at the Battle of Franklin in
After the war, Lundberg shows, men from the unit did not abandon
the ideals of the Confederacy -- they simply continued their
devotion in different ways. Granbury's Texas Brigade presents
military history at its best, revealing a microcosm of the
Confederate war effort and aiding our understanding of the reasons
men felt compelled to fight in America's greatest tragedy.
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