University of North Carolina Press
Robertson sets the scene for the Union's only major defeat in the Western Theater mainly by giving the fog of war its due, especially that part emanating from flawed staff work, poor communication, and personal grudges. Although this first volume stops short of the culminating battle, he helps us see through some of that fog. First, by providing background information on every commander in the contending armies down to brigade and sometimes regimental level, he elucidates the human factor as few recent campaign histories have. Second, a painstakingly detailed day-by-day narrative enables the reader to understand what commanders knew and when they knew it: the author's stated intention.
Daley, John L.S.
"River of Death: The Chickamauga Campaign: Vol. I The Fall of Chattanooga,"
Civil War Book Review: Vol. 21
Available at: https://repository.lsu.edu/cwbr/vol21/iss1/12