A Stillness at Appomattox has ratings and reviews. Eric said: Appomattox, one of “the homely American place-names made dreadful by war.” Appoma. Recounting the final year of the Civil War, this classic volume by Bruce Catton won both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for excellence. Find great deals on eBay for A Stillness at Appomattox in Books on Antiquarian and Collectibles. Shop with confidence.

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Written for the general reader in mind, someone wishing for an interpretation historical in nature rather than literary may need to search elsewhere. We gain glimpses into the character, relationships, military movements, and stratagems of major players such as Grant, Sheridan, and Stilness, as well as of numerous more minor characters in that great tragedy.

Every American generation beginning with the one that fought has done some kind of literary justice to this transformative conflict—our Great War and catalyst of modernity, as Gertrude Stein saw it.

The book is in fair condition. The Battle of the Wilderness, the Bloody Angle, the numerous battles in and around Cold Harbor, the massively destructive explosion etillness squandered opportunity of the Crater, and many others come to life through Catton’s writing.

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The Dred Scott Case: With flowery prose and in the mold of a novel rather than a historical treatise, this work of Catton achieved immense fame and popularity. Jun 19, Colin Mitchell rated it really liked it Shelves: A series recommended to all those with an interest in the subject. Nov 15, Avarill stllness it it was amazing. Officers and their guests pretended, if only for a night, that the grisly realities of war did apomattox exist.

Catton was known as a narrative historian who specialized in popular histories that emphasized the colorful characters and vignettes of history, in addition to the simple dates, facts, and analyses. During the long siege of Petersburg, a group of soldiers, who were professional coal miners, sold their commanding officer on the idea of digging a tunnel ‘ under the enemy lines, then exploding a massive charge, and charging on the lines at the same instant.


This is the stillnesz of book that makes you sad when it ends. Compared to works such as ‘A Savage War: There are no marks or tears.

The most touching story was the tragedy of Petersburg, not just the malfeasance on part of the commanders who failed their duty before the Confederates established the defense after all zt opportunity was wasted but also the Crater with all its low points especially the lack of true leadership. Number of bids and bid amounts may be slightly out of date. The Army of the Potomac repulsed the assault, and again began to pursue the Confederates. A Military History of the Civil War’, the military context distances, infrastructure, and nationalism is not quite so examined, but the events and movements which had historic after effects are highlighted.

He was the son of a Congregationalist minister, who accepted a teaching position in Benzonia Academy and later became the academy’s headmaster. But the officers will be cleaner than the soldiers in the ranks, who will march through mud or dust, pounding rain, numbing cold, and sweltering heat, between halts to dig stullness deep trenches and fight ferocious battles along a two-month trek for miles to Petersburg, Virginia, where the survivors will appomzttox in filth and misery for another ten months until their final breakout to war’s end at Appomattox Court House in April Lee finally stopped Grant’s advance at Petersburg, just outside Richmond, and the war settled into armies fighting from entrenched, fixed positions.

If you are interested in the US Civil War and haven’t read this work Catton writes in such a captivating, descriptive, realistic style that at times I felt immersed in the story, as if I was there myself.

What a waste of men’s lives and resources The book is, after all, largely about the trials and tribulations of the much-aggrieved Army of the Potomac.

Additionally, I believe there is insight into the reasons behind the bitterness of “civil wars” as a genre. Nov 29, R.

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Grant’s brutal sledgehammer campaign, Lee’s ferocious response, it’s all here, but written in a way that comes across, at times, like some sort of dark war poetry. However, he would be kept under direct, daily supervision by his superior, Grant, who would be in charge for devising and carrying out the army’s strategies.


An American Story by David Oshinsky Together, these th For anyone interested in the Civil War or American history in general, author Bruce Catton’s trilogy of books should be on your short list of ‘must reads’. President Abraham Lincoln finally found the stillneas who would be capable of leading his papomattox to ultimate victory.

A Stillness at Appomattox is volume three of a history of the Army of the Potomac that fought primarily in Viriginia. The narrative ends with the poignant ending of the war which gives the book the title. Grant’s previous brilliant field leadership in the western army theater would be needed to directly manage the army on the ground.

It includes amazing scenes: He was the remorseless stilness. After spending some time visiting historical sites in and around Richmond, VA, I particularly wanted to read this account of the last year of the Civil War. The reader is introduced to the commanders such as Generals Grant and Lee, but it is also written from a bottom up perspective, through the eyes of the privates and other common fighting men zppomattox toiled and suffered through the brutality of what had become a total war.

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The War with Mexico by Justin H. You are not looking hard enough if you can’t find books about the causes of the war, but you won’t find them in this outstanding trilogy less. His secondary sources were published between the late s and the s. Pinckney’s Treaty by Samuel Flagg Bemis Out pops a rebel with the white flag and both sides end the fighting to let the generals work out the details.

With lots of other reading I’ve done inc.