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Shiloh 1862
     

Shiloh 1862

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by Winston Groom, Eric G. Dove (Read by)
 

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SHILOH, 1862

The Battle of Shiloh, fought in the wilderness of southern Tennessee in April 1862, marked a violent crossroads in the Civil War. What began as a surprise attack by Confederate troops on a Union stronghold to gain control of the Mississippi River Valley became a bloody two-day conflict that would eerily foretell the brutal reality of the next three

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SHILOH, 1862

The Battle of Shiloh, fought in the wilderness of southern Tennessee in April 1862, marked a violent crossroads in the Civil War. What began as a surprise attack by Confederate troops on a Union stronghold to gain control of the Mississippi River Valley became a bloody two-day conflict that would eerily foretell the brutal reality of the next three years. Pitting up-and-coming Union general Ulysses S. Grant against Confederate firebrand Albert Sidney Johnston, the engagement was a perfect storm of advanced weaponry, a West Point–educated officer corps, and a decades-long buildup of hatred that bore devastating consequences. One hundred thousand soldiers clashed in the vicious melee, and losses for both sides totaled nearly 24,000, more than had been lost during the American Revolution and the War of 1812 combined.
Bestselling author and Civil War historian Winston Groom skillfully re-creates the drama of the event in a gripping, eye-opening, and heartrending narrative that highlights the major personalities, politics, and mind-set of the day. But perhaps the most alarming outcome, Groom poignantly reveals, was the realization that for all its horror, the Battle of Shiloh had not vanquished the Rebel army in the West, and the thousands of maimed and slain were merely wretched symbols of things to come.

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ISBN-13:
9781455874729
Publisher:
Brilliance Audio
Publication date:
03/20/2012
Edition description:
Unabridged
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Winston Groom is the author of 15 previous books, including Vicksburg, 1863; Kearny’s March; 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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Shiloh, 1862: The First Great and Terrible Battle of the Civil War 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read alot of non-fiction and I love Winston Groom's style. The players come to life and are fully fleshed out. The history leading up to the battle adds true value to understanding the battle without overwhelming the tale itself. Read this in one day.
JohnGA More than 1 year ago
I find it difficult to follow as the author bounces around almost as though this was written off the top of his head. It is good and interesting but little to do with Shiloh as a battle itself.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great illustration of how victory can be snatched from the jaws of near defeat if the General in charge has the courage to make it happen. Grant and Sherman in their first major combat together developed a relationship that would ultimately bring the Civil War to an end. Sadly, they learned at Shiloh that the only path to victory was the destruction of the Conferate Armies. The horrors and suffering of war stand out in bold relief and remind us about the dreadful consequences of failure of the political process. The end result is still a work in progress as this Country tries to process the lessons learned from the terrible conflict. The machinations and duplicity of the military lightweights with whom Grant had to deal are a sad commentary on the human condition. The strength and vision of Abraham Lincoln saved the day. He was smart enough to note that more of his Generals should have a taste from time to time. An extraordinary story illuminated in a most readable and enjoyable fashion. The suffering of individual soldiers is something that should never be forgotten.
OldWahoo More than 1 year ago
Not as good as Groom's prior books on Franklin and Vicksburg but not a bad read. Concentrates on the first day of battle with almost nothing on the second day. The fact that it is published by National Geographic Press isn't surprising.
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Sweet and cool
PSmithIL More than 1 year ago
Book arrived as promised, great condition and timely shipping!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Typical southern bias that cannot get over that Grant and Sherman were far better generals than any southern generals in the west or that union soldiers were as good or better than confederate soldiers. Uses rumors from diaries of local civilians that have been proven to be untrue about Grant to try to undermine Grant's character and abilities. No new information on the battle.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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