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5.0 out of 5 stars Catton's Trilogy on the Army of the Potomac
Bruce Catton's Civil War is his trilogy (Mr. Lincoln's Army, Glory Road, A Stillness at Appomattox) about the Army of the Potomac. Eloquently written, gripping, a masterpiece of popular history. Scholars may frown at his style, but Catton had a feel for history that brings the reader right to the battlefield to smell the smoke, and hear the roar of the cannon. A must...
Published on June 21, 2004 by David James Trapp

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3.0 out of 5 stars OKAY
I expected that since the book was considered "new" that it would be in better shape. The pages were yellowed from age.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Catton's Trilogy on the Army of the Potomac, June 21, 2004
This review is from: Bruce Catton's Civil War: 3 Volumes in 1: Mr Lincoln's Army, Glory Road, A Stillness at Appomattox (Hardcover)
Bruce Catton's Civil War is his trilogy (Mr. Lincoln's Army, Glory Road, A Stillness at Appomattox) about the Army of the Potomac. Eloquently written, gripping, a masterpiece of popular history. Scholars may frown at his style, but Catton had a feel for history that brings the reader right to the battlefield to smell the smoke, and hear the roar of the cannon. A must read for any Civil War reader. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Narrative History at its Best..., November 9, 2011
This review is from: Bruce Catton's Civil War: 3 Volumes in 1: Mr Lincoln's Army, Glory Road, A Stillness at Appomattox (Hardcover)
"Bruce Catton's Civil War" is his superb trilogy on the Army of the Potomac, first published in sequence 1951-1953. It is a throwback to an earlier era of historical writing, which emphasized an epic narrative style in the retelling of great historical events. Catton, a journalist by trade, was old enough to have grown up among Civil War veterans, and brought a keenly-honed sense of people and politics, along with a well-developed writing style, to his extensively researched history.

The Army of the Potomac, the Union Army in the Eastern Theater of the Civil War, had the misfortune to be rushed unready into combat at the Battle of First Bull Run in 1861. Its defeat in this first major battle of the war would begin the revolving door of command that lasted until the appointment of U.S. Grant as head of the Union Armies in 1864. The Army of the Potomac suffered under the handicap of being too close to Washington politics for too much of the war, and the daunting challenge of facing Robert E. Lee's Confederate Army of Northern Virginia as its principal opponent from the Richmond Campaign to Appomattox. Its trials are portrayed by Catton as a microcosm of the larger Union struggle.

Half a century on, Catton's scholarship is mildly dated, but his trilogy remains an astonishingly good reading experience, focused on the big events, major and supporting personalties, and the nuanced feel of changing tides in the conduct of the war. It is very highly recommended to fans and students of the Civil War, even in used condition.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding account of the Army of the Potomac, April 25, 2012
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This review is from: Bruce Catton's Civil War: 3 Volumes in 1: Mr Lincoln's Army, Glory Road, A Stillness at Appomattox (Hardcover)
Bruce Catton was a legendary Civil War writer and contained in this volume are some of his absolute masterpieces. The Army of the Potomac is brought back to life to march the dusty roads of Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. The first book 'Mr. Lincoln's Army' ends with a stunning depiction of one of the most devastating days in American history- the Battle of Antietam. With Catton you are in the thick of that fighting.

'Glory Road' contains a magnificent depiction of the Battle of Gettysburg. The heroes that saved the days for the Union at that battle are depicted in all their humanity.

'Stillness at Appomattox' has the devastating account of the Overland campaign, the Petersburg campaign, Shenandoah campaign, and Appomattox. This particular book is one of the finest ever written about historical events in any part of American history.

Catton's depictions of the larger than life commanders is spot on: McClellan, Burnside, Hooker, Meade, and finally Grant.

In the end though it is the soldiers of that luckless army who suffered defeat after defeat but in the end won the final victory that Catton does true justice to. There is something very American in this story and the way Catton tells it.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a great experience, September 6, 2010
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Fast delivery, Book as described, impressed with the quality.
As a writer of the Civil War Bruce Catton is unmatched in my opinion.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book., May 19, 2013
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This is an interesting and a very well written book. It's a pity it's not in print (or at least the first two volumes). Catton writes in a very lively manner and makes the events and characters come alive even if it is history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic in civil war history, March 30, 2014
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This is a long series but helps to understand the issues and strategies of the civil war. Ittis quite readable
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love these books, March 10, 2014
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I am an amateur civil war buff.... I love all of the nonfiction narrative type books. I especially liked the first in this trilogy on Mr Lincoln's Army. I got a much better grasp of the commanding officers that in previous books I've read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best we could do, February 21, 2014
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I really wanted the three book series in paperback, but at the time and with Christmas closing in, I settled for this book. It will serve the purpose. Very quick shipment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bruce Catton's greatest trilogy in one book., December 1, 2013
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This review is from: Bruce Catton's Civil War: 3 Volumes in 1: Mr Lincoln's Army, Glory Road, A Stillness at Appomattox (Hardcover)
What can one say about Bruce Catton. His works, especially this one, are valuable in any format. Though the type may be somewhat small for some, this is still the best source for all you wanted to know about the Army of the Potomac and its trials and triumphs. Some may be uneasy with the lack of detailed battle maps, but I think Catton's prose makes up for it in the long run. There are plenty of other sources of battle maps.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended., August 19, 2014
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Finally got around to starting this ,much acclaimed work. Have read Shelby Foote's three volume work on the Civil War and deem it outstanding, but Catton's prose lifts it above other histories of the period and brings it to life. Highly recommended.
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