Shadow of Shiloh: Major General Lew Wallace in the Civil War

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Thirty-two years after the battle of Shiloh Lew Wallace returned to the battlefield, mapping the route of his April 1862 march. Ulysses S. Grant expected Wallace and his Third Division to arrive early in the afternoon of April 6, but they did not arrive until nightfall. In the aftermath of the bloodbath of Shiloh, Grant attributed Wallace's late arrival to a failure to obey orders. By mapping the route, the sixty-seven-year-old Wallace hoped to remove the stigma of "Shiloh and its slanders." However, Shiloh still...

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Thirty-two years after the battle of Shiloh Lew Wallace returned to the battlefield, mapping the route of his April 1862 march. Ulysses S. Grant expected Wallace and his Third Division to arrive early in the afternoon of April 6, but they did not arrive until nightfall. In the aftermath of the bloodbath of Shiloh, Grant attributed Wallace's late arrival to a failure to obey orders. By mapping the route, the sixty-seven-year-old Wallace hoped to remove the stigma of "Shiloh and its slanders." However, Shiloh still defines Wallace's military reputation and overshadows the rest of his stellar military career. In Shadow of Shiloh, Stephens specifically addresses Wallace's military career and its place in the larger context of Civil War military history.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780871952875
  • Publisher: Indiana Historical Society
  • Publication date: 12/1/2010
  • Pages: 301
  • Sales rank: 826,423
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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  • Posted April 22, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    A lot of excellent information

    Lew Wallace spent most of his life on the American stage. While never a major player, he is important as a politician, military figure, diplomat and author. His reach extends from Indiana to New Mexico to Constantinople. He is the type of person who excels through preparation and hard work. Determination coupled with a strong sense of right and personal honor could make him difficult to deal with. Ambition, good political connections and a willingness to use them caused him some serious problems. Lew Wallace is famous as an author but the Civil War is why we most remember him. This biography looks at Wallace during the war. There is enough information leading up to the war, to give us a sense of the man. The years after the war are more detail. This is when Wallace defends his actions at Shiloh and how that battle affects him personally and politically. In a sense, this is a military biography covering in detail the years from 1860 to about 1868.
    Lew Wallace fights at Fort Donelson, Shiloh and Monocracy. He serves on the Buell Commission, the trial of the Lincoln Conspirators and the Wirz trail. These events along with the vicissitudes of being a political general in a West Point dominated military make up the body of the book. The heart of the book is Wallace at Shiloh and his march on the first day. The author is very knowledgeable and communicates well. The explanation of what happened and why is excellent and needs to be read by every student of the battle.
    Another well-developed area is the relationship between Wallace and Grant. The author offers a number of plausible explanations for the problems they had. Halleck is the villain of the story. The author documents his animosity toward political generals and how his efforts to keep Wallace from command. The author shows how Wallace managed to help Halleck from time to time too. This is a very balanced account; Wallace manages a number of missteps with Grant, Grant's staff and with Halleck.
    Some readers may skip the time from Shiloh to Monocracy and they will be the poorer for doing so. This is a very personal look at what happens to a high-ranking political general without a command. It is a picture of political string pulling, miscellaneous assignments, dashed hopes and attacks by the newspapers. Political connections rescue Wallace when Lincoln needs to make Indiana happy in 1864. Given command of Maryland, Wallace does well and manages to fight a critical battle. This restores him to favor while producing some interesting observations from Wallace.
    This is fully footnoted book with useful if basic maps in the right places, good illustrations, a full index and bibliography. This is an oversized book printed in two columns. While somewhat unwieldy, it is a lot of well-presented information!

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