Jeff Shaara's Civil War Battlefields: Discovering America's Hallowed Ground

Jeff Shaara's Civil War Battlefields: Discovering America's Hallowed Ground

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TRAVEL THROUGH A PIVOTAL TIME IN AMERICAN HISTORY

Jeff Shaara, America’s premier Civil War novelist, gives a remarkable guided tour of the ten Civil War battlefields every American should visit: Shiloh, Antietam, Fredericksburg/Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Vicksburg, New Market, Chickamauga, the Wilderness/Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor, and

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TRAVEL THROUGH A PIVOTAL TIME IN AMERICAN HISTORY

Jeff Shaara, America’s premier Civil War novelist, gives a remarkable guided tour of the ten Civil War battlefields every American should visit: Shiloh, Antietam, Fredericksburg/Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Vicksburg, New Market, Chickamauga, the Wilderness/Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor, and Petersburg/Appomattox. Shaara explores the history, the people, and the places that capture the true meaning and magnitude of the conflict and provides

• engaging narratives of the war’s crucial battles
• intriguing historical footnotes about each site
• photographs of the locations–then and now
• detailed maps of the battle scenes
• fascinating sidebars with related points of interest

From Antietam to Gettysburg to Vicksburg, and to the many poignant destinations in between, Jeff Shaara’s Civil War Battlefields is the ideal guide for casual tourists and Civil War enthusiasts alike.

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Editorial Reviews

The richly researched, powerfully rendered Civil War novels of Jeff Shaara and his late father, Michael, have added new depth to our understanding of the War Between the States. This work, the bounty of an extended labor of love, provides a vivid historical and practical guide to ten major Civil War battlefield sites. These sites were presented both for the military significance and their high level of preservation. In chronological order, the battle sites are Shiloh (Tennessee); Antietam (Maryland); Fredericksburg/Chancellorsville (Virginia); Gettysburg (Pennsylvania); Vicksburg (Mississippi); Chickamauga (Georgia); the Wilderness/Spotsylvania (Virginia); New Market (Virginia); Cold Harbor (Virginia); and Petersburg (Virginia). Narrative information about each battle is supplemented by maps, photographs, sidebars, and specific suggestions for touring the battlefield and its environs.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780345464880
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/25/2006
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
152,937
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 8.97(h) x 0.59(d)

Meet the Author

Jeff Shaara is the New York Times bestselling author of A Chain of Thunder, A Blaze of Glory, The Final Storm, No Less Than Victory, The Steel Wave, The Rising Tide, To the Last Man, The Glorious Cause, Rise to Rebellion, and Gone for Soldiers, as well as Gods and Generals and The Last Full Measure—two novels that complete the Civil War trilogy that began with his father’s Pulitzer Prize–winning classic, The Killer Angels. Shaara was born into a family of Italian immigrants in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He grew up in Tallahassee, Florida, and graduated from Florida State University. He lives in Gettysburg.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Kalispell, Montana
Date of Birth:
February 21, 1952
Place of Birth:
New Brunswick, New Jersey
Education:
B.S. in Criminology, Florida State University, 1974
Website:
http://www.jeffshaara.com/

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Jeff Shaara's Civil War Battlefields: Discovering America's Hallowed Ground 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
MSaff More than 1 year ago
"Jeff Shaara's Civil War Battlefields", is a must for anyone interested in the American Civil War and it's history. Jeff Shaara has taken up the mantle of research and discovery to bring all the information about the Civil War to those historians and history buffs alike. This book is broken down into 10 battles. Each battle is thoroughly discussed and includes the why's and where's the battles were fought. As you read through the sections, you can begin to understand what was going on a the time of the battle as well as understand what each commander was thinking during each battle. Falling each section Shaara describes points of interest for you as you go to these battlefields. Not only are the touristy points noted, but he points to some areas which may not be mentioned by tour guides and catalogs. What I learned while reading this book, was that not all the well known battles were on importance, but that there were many so called insignificant battles which actually had influenced the outcome of the war. As a history buff myself, I found this book extremely informative and recommend it to anyone who wants to learn more about some of the battles of the American Civil War.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I recently purchased this book and have not been disappointed. Having read the trilogy written by Schaara and his father about the Civil War, I was interested to see what this 'guide' would be like. The narrative of each battle is well written and gives a quick overview of a number of very important battles in the war. It also gives good information about the current preservation of the battlefields, and points out things you should see if visiting any of them. This was the first time that I had read about Shiloh, and some of the others, and it is an excellent place to start. I recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jeff Shaara (and his father before him) is clearly a devotee of history and the Civil War in particular - just read his historical fiction. This book is an homage to some of the most significant major battles of the war, and is very well done. Not that there's any thing new or revealing in the research or descriptions of the battles - most of it is well-known (at least to others who are interested in the Civil War) but very clearly presented and well written. What makes this book good and better than many, is the sections at the end of each battle. First, Shaara takes the time to tell the reader why it was an important battle, putting the localized action into context of the entire war. And second, he provides a very personal guide to seeing the battlefield - not only what the reader should see, but some of his personal memories of seeing them. There are other books like this, some that are more scholarly and some that are more detailed in their treatment of battle details. But this book strikes an excellent balance among the elements.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For Civil War Buffs... it gives you a brief overview of each battle (which many of you may already know) ending each synopsis with information on what you should see at the battlefield and how to get to it. For those unfamiliar with the Civil War it allows you to understand the background of each battle, why it is important and highlights the important spots of the battlefield that Jeff thinks you should see. Very well written and captivating... a quick and easy read so buy another!
Goldenpen More than 1 year ago
Having been accustomed to Shaar's style which captivates your attention, these very brief descriptions and outlines of the battlefields are no substitute to either a full tour guide or a novel on the battlefield. A guide should not be readable in less time than it takes to drive over the field.
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Old_Child More than 1 year ago
If you're going to visit Gettysburg, see the movie by that name that was based on the author's father's bestseller. Son has little to add.
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