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Selected Works

The Earth Is Weeping: The Epic Story of the Indian Wars for the American West

In exploring the wars and negotiations that destroyed tribal ways of life even as they created the modern American West, Cozzens gives us both sides in comprehensive and singularly intimate detail. The Earth Is Weeping offers the fullest account to date of how the West was won--and lost.

Shenandoah 1862: Stonewall Jackson’s Valley Campaign

One of the most intriguing and storied episodes of the Civil War, the 1862 Shenandoah Valley Campaign has heretofore been related only from the Confederate point of view. Moving seamlessly between tactical details and analysis of strategic significance, Peter Cozzens presents a balanced, comprehensive account of a campaign that has long been romanticized but little understood. He offers new interpretations of the campaign and the reasons for Stonewall Jackson's success, demonstrates instances in which the mythology that has come to shroud the campaign has masked errors on Jackson's part, and provides the first detailed appraisal of Union leadership in the Valley Campaign, with some surprising conclusions.

This Terrible Sound: The Battle of Chickamauga

Chickamauga was a battle of missed opportunities, stupendous tactical blunders, and savage fighting. Offering startling new interpretations that challenge the conventional wisdom on key moments of the battle, Cozzens writes movingly of both the heroism and suffering of the common soldiers and of the strengths and tragic flaws of their commanders.

The Shipwreck of Their Hopes: The Battles for Chattanooga

The battles around Chattanooga in the late fall of 1863 were among the most decisive of the Civil War, opening the Deep South to the Union and setting the stage for Atlanta Campaign and the March to the Sea. Cozzens presents the clearest and fullest account to date of these battles that helped turn the tide of the war.

No Better Place to Die: The Battle of Stones River

Over twenty thousand Union and Confederate soldiers were lost in the bloody New Year's Battle of Stones River. No Better Place to Die pays tribute to the heroes, the scoundrels, the mistakes, the bravery, and the grief at Stones River.

The Darkest Days of the War: The Battles of Iuka and Corinth

The only book-length study of the little-known but crucial battles of Iuka and Corinth. In addition to a vivid and detailed battle narrative, Cozzens provides compelling portraits of the campaigns' key leaders.