Thursday, January 19, 2012

The Battle of Fort Donelson by James R. Knight

The Battle of Fort Donelson by James Knight is a well-done presentation of this key battle in the Western Theater.  James does a great job setting the scene including construction of Forts Henry and Donelson, commissioning the Union ironclads and gunboats, and the relationship between Generals Grant and Halleck.

Knight has skillfully blended information from the Official Records, personal memoirs, and other authors to produce a very readable and interesting work. The book makes good use of historic photographs and Hal Jespersen's maps to complement the well-written narrative. The chapter foot notes help document Knight's book and provide additional resources for further reading and analysis.

James Knight is a former pilot for Federal Express turned historical writer.  He is the author of Bonnie and Clyde: A 21st Century Update and Letters to Anna. Knight lives in Franklin, TN where he works a a part-time interpreter for the Battle of Franklin Trust. Hi first title in The History Press' Sesquicentennial Series, The Battle of Franklin, was published in 2009.

This compact (141 pages) presentation of the battle should be mandatory reading before visiting Fort Donelson.

I rate The Battle of Fort Donelson

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