Shiloh, 1862

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National Geographic Books, Mar 20, 2012 - History - 512 pages
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A main selection in History Book-of-the-Month Club and alternate selection in Military Book-of-the-Month Club.

In the spring of 1862, many Americans still believed that the Civil War, "would be over by Christmas." The previous summer in Virginia, Bull Run, with nearly 5,000 casualties, had been shocking, but suddenly came word from a far away place in the wildernesses of Southwest Tennessee of an appalling battle costing 23,000 casualties, most of them during a single day. It was more than had resulted from the entire American Revolution. As author Winston Groom reveals in this dramatic, heart-rending account, the Battle of Shiloh would singlehandedly change the psyche of the military, politicians, and American people--North and South--about what they had unleashed by creating a Civil War.

In this gripping telling of the first "great and terrible" battle of the Civil War, Groom describes the dramatic events of April 6 and 7, 1862, when a bold surprise attack on Ulysses S. Grant's encamped troops and the bloody battle that ensued would alter the timbre of the war.

The Southerners struck at dawn on April 6th, and Groom vividly recounts the battle that raged for two days over the densely wooded and poorly mapped terrain. Driven back on the first day, Grant regrouped and mounted a fierce attack the second, and aided by the timely arrival of reinforcements managed to salvage an encouraging victory for the Federals.

Groom's deft prose reveals how the bitter fighting would test the mettle of the motley soldiers assembled on both sides, and offer a rehabilitation of sorts for Union General William Sherman, who would go on from the victory at Shiloh to become one of the great generals of the war. But perhaps the most alarming outcome, Groom poignantly reveals, was the realization that for all its horror, the Battle of Shiloh had solved nothing, gained nothing, proved nothing, and the thousands of maimed and slain were merely wretched symbols of things to come.

With a novelist's eye for telling and a historian's passion for detail, context, and meaning, Groom brings the key characters and moments of battle to life. Shiloh is an epic tale, deftly told by a masterful storyteller.
  

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Review: Shiloh, 1862

User Review  - Jagad5 - Goodreads

A nice introduction to a major Civil War battle. I've read many books about the eastern theater but, other than Grant's memoirs, little about the west. This will get you started. Read full review

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User Review  - Karen - Goodreads

Lots of good historical context as well as clear explanations of how the battle unfolded. Keeps second-guessing and what-ifs to a minimum. Another great addition: accounts from civilians in the area as well the views of ordinary soldiers. Read full review

Contents

AUTHORS NOTE
11
A NOTE ON WEAPONS TACTICS UNITS
21
MAPS
27
the Cruelest Month
39
Wm Must Be BadI Seared
59
From Failure to Fortune
75
Nothing Can Be Done
101
Unconditional Surrender Grant
123
What Followed No Man Could Well Deserihe
233
My God My God It Is Too Late
313
I6 Ah Iom GrafionHow Mistaken You Were
357
An Exalted Distinction
387
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS AND NOTES ON souRcEs
403
BIBLIOGRAPHY 409
409
TIIF BATTLE OF SHILOH AND THE ORGANIZATIONS ENGAGED
420
INDEX
430

Cruel War
143
He LOOitd Like an Old Viking King
165
All the Furies of Hell Broke Loose
219
MAP SOURCES AND ILLUSIRAIIONS CREDITS
446
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About the author (2012)

WINSTON GROOM is the author of fourteen previous books, including Patriotic Fire, Shrouds of Glory, Forrest Gump, and Conversations with the Enemy (with Duncan Spencer), which was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. He lives with his wife and daughter in Point Clear, Alabama.

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