Union Supply Operations on the Tennessee River and the Battle of Johnsonville, November 4-5, 1864
Imprint: Savas Beatie
Wooten, a former Park Manager at Johnsonville State Historic Park, unearthed a wealth of new material that sheds light on the creation and strategic role of the Union supply depot, the use of railroads and logistics, and the depot’s defense. His study covers the emergence of a civilian town around the depot, and the role all of this played in making possible the Union victories with which we are all familiar.
This sterling monograph also includes the best and most detailed account of the Battle of Johnsonville. The fighting took place on the heels of one of the most audacious campaigns of the war, when Confederate Maj. Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest led his cavalry through western Tennessee and Kentucky on a 25-day campaign. On November 4–5, 1864, Forrest’s troops attacked the depot and shelled the town, destroying tons of valuable supplies. The complex land-water operation nearly wiped out the Johnsonville supply depot, severely disrupted Gen. George Thomas’s army in Nashville, and impeded his operations against John Bell Hood’s Confederate army.
Prior works on Johnsonville focus on Forrest’s operations, but Wooten’s deep original archival research peels back the decades to reveal significantly more on that battle, as well as what life was like in and around the area for both military men and civilians. Civil War students thirst for original deeply researched studies on fresh topics, and that is exactly what Johnsonville: Union Supply Operations on the Tennessee River and the Battle of Johnsonville, November 4–5, 1864 provides them.
"This is a well written, thoroughly researched, amply illustrated, and engaging story." ~Civil War Courier
"An original and seminal work of simply outstanding and detailed scholarship..." ~Midwest Book Review
"Wooten's study offers a rather comprehensive examination of the historical legacies of persons and events related to Civil War Johnsonville. In addition to being a fine battle history, the book should be regarded as a major contribution to the ongoing study of what it took to keep Civil War armies supplied in the field. With several recent studies paying closer attention to logistical superiority as a key component of Union victory, Johnsonville's content and analysis should form a very useful part of that growing discussion, now and into the future."
~Civil War Books and Authors
"Author Jerry Wooten has written what’s likely the final word on the supply depot and the November 1864 battle. Hats off to Savas Beatie for another quality release." ~Emerging Civil War
"...this carefully researched and well written book also offers much information, a battle map and several useful diagrams of the defences from which experienced wargamers could easily devise an unusual and interesting scenario…" ~Miniature Wargames