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Savannah (Civil War Battle) [Paperback]

James Reasoner
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  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Cumberland House Publishing,US; New edition edition (1 July 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158182467X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581824674
  • Product Dimensions: 2.7 x 15.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,887,336 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cory Brannon, who is bitter over the failure of the Confederate army at Chattanooga, takes part in a series of battles as the Army of Tennessee retreats slowly toward Atlanta during May and early June. By the end of August, Atlanta is lost and the Confederate retreat continues. Meanwhile, the Brannon family farm in Culpeper County, Virginia, is now behind enemy lines. At the same time, Cory is trapped in Savannah, surrounded by Sherman's marauding hordes. The Union army lays siege to the city, much as it had at Vicksburg. When Gen. William Hardee realises that defending the city is hopeless, he abandons Savannah and heads toward the Carolinas, hoping for the chance to fight another day in another place. Sherman's March to the Sea is now complete and despair grips the Confederacy. Fractured and defeated at every turn, the nation asks itself how much longer it can continue to fight.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAME VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
"Savannah," Book 9 in The Civil War Battle Series by James Reasoner says true to the earlier volumes in that the titular battle serves as the climax for the narrative. Ironically, Reasoner probably spends more on what happened at Savannah in December of 1864 more than he has for the final battle in previous volumes, even though the encounter boils down to the Union army under William Tecumseh Sherman getting ready to start a siege and the Confederates evacuating the city. More time is spent on Sherman's efforts to capture Atlanta and the doomed foray by a Confederate army under John Bell Hood to recapture Tennessee.
It has been too easy in many of these volumes to dismiss the proceedings as being more the Civil War Soap Opera series, but with the death of Duncan Ebersole and that entire convoluted plotline along with the war coming to an end, the battle sequences easily outweigh the relationship entanglements. In terms of the Brannon family "Savannah" focuses primarily on Cory, who is with the troops defending Atlanta and then Savannah, and Henry, who ends up with General Nathan Bedford Forrest in Tennessee after fleeing the family farm in Virginia. That is because the one soap opera element this time around involved young Cordelia and a Yankee lieutenant. We touch base a bit with Pie and Rachel, as well as Lucille, out on the Texas frontier, while Nathan Hatchers ends up in the Dakotas fighting Indians, but these are minor episodes in the novel. The main focus is on what is essentially the end of the Civil War in the West. All that is left is Charleston to fall to Sherman as he moves north to join up with Grant's Army of the Potomac, which will move on Appomattox in the final volume of the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars From Bad to Worse 10 May 2003
By Westy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
SAVANNAH, the ninth book in James Reasoner's The Civil War Battle Series, concerns itself mainly with the two youngest of the surviving Brannon brothers, Cory and Henry.
Cory, now with General Hardee's troops, takes part in the long, fruitless struggle to save Atlanta from the advancing Federal troops under General William Tecumseh Sherman. With Atlanta falling, Cory finds himself forced to march to Savannah, Georgia, even further from his beloved wife Lucille.
Meanwhile, Cory's best friend, and former comrade-in-arms, Pie Jones and his wife Rachel, find themselves near the Brazos River in Texas, where they have fled to avoid Rachel's former owner, Grat. Beset by Confederate deserters, they are rescued by a troop of stalwart Texas Rangers. Riding with the Rangers for protection to the troop captain's ranch, Pie soon finds himself, along with the Rangers, in the midst of a fierce battle with raiding Comanches.
Cory's wife Lucille befriends an English blockade-runner, then, along with her aunt, Mildred, finds herself forced to flee to west Texas, hoping against hope Cory will find her once he's free from service in the Confederate Army.
And, back home in Virginia, at the Brannon farm, Cordelia finds a new beau. When Henry defends his sister from an attacking Yankee , killing the assailant, he, unaware the man has deserted the Union army, and believing he will be executed for killing a Federal soldier, flees, to join up with the Confederate Army, the last Brannon son to head to war.
As were the previous eight volumes, SAVANNAH is a gripping tale of one family's struggles during the Civil War. Mr. Reasoner's research continues to amaze me (he incorporates many real-life minor characters, such as Elizabeth Caldwell, a wife who marches with her husband Patrick, a former Confederate soldier now a galvanized Yankee, across Dakota Territory), and the stories are all richly detailed, and geographically accurate.
I highly recommend the entire Civil War Battle Series. The tenth, and final, volume, APPOMATTOX, will be released sometime this fall. Don't miss it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars D*#n Yankees 1 Aug 2009
By Linda Pagliuco - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
As a lifelong student of America's Civil War, I turned to Reasoner's fictional series with interest because of its Confederate perspective. The ninth volume, Savannah, covers the months during which Sherman took the fight to Georgia and began the systematic shattering of the rebel army. My hope was that this book would be as compelling as Michael Shaara's The Killer Angels, but it lacks the sense of urgent immediacy in which Shaara so successfully plunged his readers. Reasoner's story, from both the military and the civilian angle, is accurate enough historically, and should be compelling. Unfortunately, his writing style, relying as it does upon stock phrases (e.g., "it was all he could do" or "all he could think about was...") and elementary vocabulary, falls flat even in the most exciting of settings. Similarly, most of his characters come across as a bit wooden. Recommended for young adult readers and those seeking an introduction to the war between the states.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Brannons and the end of the Civil War in the West 17 Jan 2004
By Lawrance M. Bernabo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
"Savannah," Book 9 in The Civil War Battle Series by James Reasoner says true to the earlier volumes in that the titular battle serves as the climax for the narrative. Ironically, Reasoner probably spends more on what happened at Savannah in December of 1864 more than he has for the final battle in previous volumes, even though the encounter boils down to the Union army under William Tecumseh Sherman getting ready to start a siege and the Confederates evacuating the city. More time is spent on Sherman's efforts to capture Atlanta and the doomed foray by a Confederate army under John Bell Hood to recapture Tennessee.
It has been too easy in many of these volumes to dismiss the proceedings as being more the Civil War Soap Opera series, but with the death of Duncan Ebersole and that entire convoluted plotline along with the war coming to an end, the battle sequences easily outweigh the relationship entanglements. In terms of the Brannon family "Savannah" focuses primarily on Cory, who is with the troops defending Atlanta and then Savannah, and Henry, who ends up with General Nathan Bedford Forrest in Tennessee after fleeing the family farm in Virginia. That is because the one soap opera element this time around involved young Cordelia and a Yankee lieutenant. We touch base a bit with Pie and Rachel, as well as Lucille, out on the Texas frontier, while Nathan Hatchers ends up in the Dakotas fighting Indians, but these are minor episodes in the novel. The main focus is on what is essentially the end of the Civil War in the West. All that is left is Charleston to fall to Sherman as he moves north to join up with Grant's Army of the Potomac, which will move on Appomattox in the final volume of the series.
From the dearth of reviews of "Savannah" and the last couple of Civil War Battle Series books by Reasoner I assume that readership has fallen off. Certainly there is no reason to pick up Book 9 unless you have gone through the rest of the series. I have to admit that I was actually rooting for one of the Bannon brothers to get killed simply because it was getting to be a bit much with the entire clan surviving so long into the war; although I appreciate the narrative necessity of having enough brothers to cover the key aspects of the Civil War in both the Eastern and Western theaters. The whole business with Polly Ebersole, her father, and the Bannons was probably the biggest flaw in Reasoner's grand design because it came off as some sort of twisted Shakespearean tragedy that distracted from the more real issues of fighting and surviving the war. But on the other hand, I had to keep reading the series at least until somebody put Duncan in the ground. Now all that is left to be buried in this series is the Confederacy and which ever Brannons fall in the last months of the Civil War.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Savannah 6 Aug 2006
By Capital One - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Being a Civil War fan, this novel followed history very close. the story line continued with the series and left you ready for the next book in the series.
5.0 out of 5 stars SAVANNAH 9 Sep 2009
By L. Barnes - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is an excellent historical novel
and the book was received in perfect
condition and in a timely manner.
I never hesitate to order from Amazon.
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