A reader commented on the detail in Teacher of Civil War Generals and observed that some parts of the book contained daily narratives. The detail in this book or any other is driven by the time frame of the story. For example, General Smith’s actions at the Battle of Fort Donelson cover about five days. The importance of this battle in Smith’s life demands a detailed rendering. This is especially true on the afternoon of February 15, when he led the attack on the Confederate defenses.
Other details are often included to reflect journal entries and reports. I used this detail in Teacher of Civil War Generals and Your Affectionate Father, Charles F. Smith when describing Smith’s expedition to the Red River of the North. The detail helps bring the story to life and highlights the daily hardships experienced by the men of the Tenth Infantry Regiment.