Praise for The Chickamauga Campaign - Barren Victory
"Dave Powell concludes his award-winning Chickamauga trilogy with the appropriately titled Barren Victory. The post-battle coverage is simply unprecedented among prior Chickamauga studies, ranging from graphic eyewitness descriptions of the battlefield's horrors to in-depth consideration of the outcome's strategic and political implications. Powell seamlessly weaves the stories of the campaign's large cast of characters together, including full discussions of Braxton Bragg's limited options and the complex relationship between Rosecrans, Garfield, and Dana. But Powell goes beyond the leaders to argue persuasively that Chickamauga was "the quintessential soldiers' battle." Detailed orders of battle, including strengths and losses down to the regimental level for both armies, conclude Powell's comprehensive analysis. Every enthusiast of the American Civil War's Western Theater will want this essential final volume of Dave Powell's series in their personal library."
- James A. Hessler, author of Sickles at Gettysburg and co-author of Pickett's Charge at Gettysburg
"I will not mince words. Dave Powell's three-volume work on the Chickamauga Campaign represents the most significant Western campaign contribution since Albert Castel's Decision in the West. The bibliography in Barren Victory, Volume 3 of his trilogy, reveals the breadth and scope of his research. Every story has a beginning, a middle, and an ending. In this third volume, the reader discovers how this epic story concludes. Must read!"
- Larry J. Daniel, author of Days of Glory: The Army of the Cumberland
- Midwest Book Review
"In content scope, detail, and analysis, David Powell's uncommonly comprehensive Chickamauga trilogy clearly surpasses all previous efforts. Current students of western theater Civil War military history will likely never find the need for another Chickamauga tactical study volume in their lifetimes, or perhaps even those of their descendants."
- Civil War Books and Authors
"Powell's final volume in the trilogy brings everything full circle and is an incredible study into the campaign. Speaking on the work as a whole, the entire trilogy should be considered one of the highlights of this age. The Chickamauga Campaign is rarely handled in the annals of Civil War studies, since most studies tend to focus on the war in the east, and Powell has done a fine job of giving us the research and narrative we needed for this battle. With Barren Victory, Powell's amazing Magnum Opus comes to a close.” "
- Gettysburg Chronicle