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The Civil War: A Narrative, Volume 3: Red River to Appomattox

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2010

    Foote Excels -- As Always

    Shelby Foote, with Bruce Caton, sets the bar among Civil War historians. This book is amazingly detailed, yet absolutely NOT tedious or dry. He personalizes history without seeming biased. When it comes to Civil War history, give me Shelby or give me Bruce or give me Mechanics Illustrated.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2005

    Just Incredible

    This is the last and largest volume in Shelby Foote¿s narrative history of the Civil War. These books are absolutely outstanding. The book opens with the Red River campaign in 1864 and the defeat of union forces there much to the irritation of General Grant. Grant is a Lieutenant General, commanding all forces of the United States to close out the badly shattered rebellion. Grant marches the Army of the Potomac across the Rapidian in Virgina for a direct assault on Richmond. Although badly outnumbered over 2 to 1, Robert E. Lee demonstrates his tactical genius with a string of defensive holding actions and tactics in a series of battles ending in the famous Cold Harbor slaughter. Grant suffers ungodly casualties, but he never quits. Maneuvering to the south side of the James River, Grant reaches a nine month stalemate with Lee. Sherman is given command of the Armies of the West with the goal of capturing Atlanta and mopping up General Johnston of the CSA. In modern terms, Sherman rocks! And I mean Rocks! He maneuvers his enemy out of his way time and time again avoiding costly head on attacks. Sherman takes Atlanta, assuring Lincoln¿s re-election and the continuance of the war effort. Sherman conducts his infamous march of destruction through Georgia, South Carolina, and into North Carolina. Grant eventually breaks through Lee¿s over stretched works and winds up chasing the Army of Northern Virgina clear to Appomattox Courthouse. You probably know the rest: Lee surrenders, Lincoln is assassinated, and Davis is caught and imprisoned. This book simply tells the history of these times in such an entertaining and engaging way. I can¿t recommend the book enough as a must read for history buffs and casual readers alike. My review does not do credit to these great books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2013

    Good, but biased

    This work, along with the two previous books of this trilogy, is informative and well written, yet the author allows his anti-American, pro-confederacy ideals to taint the academic value of this work.

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