“Unceasing Fury: Texans at the Battle of Chickamauga, September 18-20, 1863”
Civil War Roundtable Program
Chickamauga, although the Civil War’s second-largest battle in terms of casualties, has had far fewer books written about it than the thousands of books penned about the war’s bloodiest battle, Gettysburg. Less than three dozen authors have tackled Chickamauga in-depth and most previous studies are of the full battle. What has been remarkable has been the dearth of books about specific brigades, regiments, or state troops at Chickamauga, unlike Gettysburg which has a plethora of specialty books. Scott Mingus’s and Joe Owen’s “Unceasing Fury: Texans at the Battle of Chickamauga, September 18-20, 1863”, is the first full-length book to examine in detail the role of troops from the Lone Star State.Chickamauga was deemed “the soldiers’ battle” because of the perception in the ranks of a lack of direct involvement of senior-level leadership. More than 4,400 of these soldiers were from the state of Texas. One out of every four of the Lone Star boys who fought at Chickamauga fell there. The surviving Texans gave us vivid descriptions of battle action, the anguish of losing friends, the pain and loneliness of being so far away from home, and their often-colorful opinions of their generals.Texans fought in almost every major sector of the sprawling Chickamauga battlefield, from the first attacks on September 18 on the bridges spanning the creek to the final attack on Snodgrass Hill on the third day of fighting. In between, Texas regiments launched attack after attack against Union lines in now famous spots such as the Viniard farm, Poe Field, Kelly Field, and North Dyer Field. Ultimately, Union mistakes led to a tactical Confederate victory, one that was marred by the strategic mistake of not aggressively pursuing the retreating Federals and seizing the vital transportation hub at Chattanooga.Drawn from personal accounts, memoirs, post-war newspaper articles, diaries, and other primary sources, this richly detailed study explores the critical role that Texas enlisted men and officers played in the three days of fighting near West Chickamauga Creek in September 1863.Biography- Scott L. Mingus, Sr. is a retired scientist and executive in the global specialty paper industry. The Ohio native graduated from the Paper Science & Engineering program at Miami University. He was part of the research team that developed the first commercially successful self-adhesive U.S. postage stamps, and he was an early pioneer in the development of bar code labels. He has written over 30 Civil War and Underground Railroad books and numerous articles for Gettysburg Magazine and other historical journals. He has appeared on C-Span, C-Span3, PCN, and other TV networks. Mingus writes a blog on the Civil War history of York County, Pennsylvania where he lives (www.yorkblog.com/cannonball). He has also written six scenario books for miniature war gaming. A great-great-grandfather was a 15-year-old soldier in the 51st Ohio in the Western Theater, and a great-grandfather was in the 183rd Ohio during the Carolinas Campaign. Other family members fought at Antietam and Gettysburg in the 7th West Virginia of the Army of the Potomac.
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