Chickamauga Blog

14 08 2009

rocco-chickamaugaI’d say my friend Dave Powell has forgotten more about the Battle of Chickamauga than I know, but that would be faint praise indeed.  In addition to being a designer of classic war games, Dave has published several articles on the battle over the years, leads tours on the field every spring in partnership with the National Park Service, and is the author of the upcoming third installment of Savas Beatie’s Civil War Atlas series, The Maps of Chickamauga.  Dave has decided to enter the (sometimes) wonderful world of blogging with his own site, Chickamauga Blog.  You’ll find it on my Blogroll via the link in my header, along with a few other sites I’ve grouped as Civil War Battle Blogs.  These blogs are all more or less devoted to a single battle or campaign.  Like Bull Runnings and Battle of Kelly’s Ford (so far – I know of one more in the works), Chickamauga Blog will be a repository for research materials of various stripes.  I’ll let Dave describe it:

Here’s the deal. For a long time now, I have wanted to find a way to bring some of my Chickamauga material to the web. Research I’ve got, binders full of the stuff, in fact. Much of it is public domain, and a lot of it won’t ever really work in a book project – like, for example, the material I have collected on strengths and losses for each regiment who fought at Chickamauga. Eventually, I want this site to be the must-see location on Chickamauga on the web – the place to go for battle accounts, primary sources, analysis, and those odd bits that never seem to fit in anywhere else. So here goes.

Keep an eye on Chickamauga Blog.  It’ll be a good one.

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9 responses

14 08 2009
Theodore P. Savas

Hi Harry

Thanks for this. And indeed Powell’s new blog will be a good one.

We are reviewing the printer proofs for “The Maps of Chickamauga,” by Dave Powell and David Friedrichs (cartogrtaphy) now. It is a stunning volume (336 pages, 128 full page full color maps, orders of battle (includes Tullahoma), notes, biblio., and index). We are certainly pleased to produce it for readers.

Best Regards

Theodore P. Savas
Managing Director
Savas Beatie LLC
http://www.savasbeatie.com

14 08 2009
Harry Smeltzer

Great news, Ted. I look forward to seeing the book when it’s done.

14 08 2009
Drew

Ted,
Will the OBs include unit strengths for the regiments and gun types for the batteries?

Thanks,
DW

15 08 2009
Chris Evans

Really looking forward to the book. One of my favorite campaigns of the war to study.

15 08 2009
Chris Bryer

I am currently playing the 2 day campaign of David’s design for Dean Essig’s RSS series of This Terrible Sound.

It’s only 9:15am on the 19th and Jay’s Mill has turned quite bloody while the 20th Corps is on the move eastward as well.

Dave’s site is a welcome one, for sure!

15 08 2009
Theodore P. Savas

Drew

I am sure the strengths and losses are shown for Chickamauga (not for Tullahoma), but gun type is not set forth. I am sure we could put that online for purists/gamers who would want that. Wait until you see this one. It is simply amazing. For the first time I actually understand Chickamauga.

15 08 2009
Brett Schulte - TOCWOC

Ted,

I’d definitely be interested in the gun types being posted at your web site and/or at Dave’s blog. It sounds like Dave plans to post all of the unit strengths, tube types/numbers anyway, so I’m GREATLY looking forward to that!

15 08 2009
Dave Powell

Brett,

My combined strenth and losses informations runs to 99 pages in word. One of my first priorities is to post that as a page on the Chickamaugablog. The information found in Maps of Chickamauga is derived from that, but there was no room to do the full, annotated version in the book. Think of the blog as an extended set of appendicies for the book(s).

I think it will be all that you want it to be. Sources are footnoted, descrepancies are noted, etc. Gun types and numbers are included. A wargamer’s wet dream, so to speak.

Dave Powell

Dave Powell

15 08 2009
Brett Schulte - TOCWOC

:-) That’s a new way of putting it, but that sounds like it’s right up my alley! I look forward to checking it out Dave.

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