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"These guides are the most thorough, detailed, and accurate of their kind. I have used them to lead guided tours of several battlefields, with great success." James M. McPherson, author of Battle Cry of Freedom: The Era of the Civil War --James M. McPherson, author of Battle Cry of Freedom: The Era of the Civil War

"These guides can be enjoyed without ever leaving the easy chair, or they can become indispensable companions on tramps over the scenes of the greatest engagements of the Civil War." William C. Davis, author of Jefferson Davis: The Man and His Hour --William C. Davis, author of Jefferson Davis: The Man and His Hour

"I highly recommend this important and valuable series of guidebooks." Herman Hattaway, coauthor of How the North Won the Civil War and Why the South Lost the Civil War --Herman Hattaway, coauthor of How the North Won the Civil War and Why the South Lost the Civil War

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"These guides are the most thorough, detailed, and accurate books of their kind. Indeed, they are unique. I have used them to lead guided tours of several battlefields, with great success."--James M. McPherson, author of Battle Cry of Freedom: The Era of the Civil War

"I most highly recommend this important and valuable series of guidebooks."--Herman Hattaway, coauthor of How the North Won the Civil War and Why the South Lost the Civil War

"These guides bridge the gap between sound military history and battlefield touring literature. They can be enjoyed without ever leaving the easy chair or they can become indispensable companions on tramps over the scenes of the greatest engagements of the Civil War."--William C. Davis, author of Jefferson Davis: The Man and His Hour and former editor of Civil War Times Illustrated

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  • Series: U.S. Army War College
  • Paperback: 270 pages
  • Publisher: Univ Pr of Kansas (October 10, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0700607838
  • ISBN-13: 978-0700607839
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,284,462 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Brooke Cale on April 3, 2000
Format: Paperback
My husband and I recently returned from our honeymoon touring Civil War battlefield & presidential sites in TN, KY, IL, GA & IN. In May 1999, we toured eight of the crucial battlefield sites (Gettysburg, Antietam, Manassas, Chancellorsville, Wilderness, Spotsylvania, Fredricksburg & Harpers Ferry). What we now know from using these indispensible guides, has made us ready to go back to the sites visited in May for the in-depth tours of the battlefields. This guide proved to be everything we as two Civil War purists could have asked for. As the throngs of uneducated tourists stopped by each site using the NPS map given at the visitors center, we enjoyed a peaceful, nearly pristine view of Shiloh. The NPS maps offer a quick driving tour, stopping at all the major points in the easiest way to get you around and out of the park not taking into effect that you are constantly crossing over day 1 and 2 activities without a true understanding of how the battle unfolded. These brilliant guide books turned a 1 hour driving tour into a 5 hour comprehensive study of all events, including tactical and armory information. Beginning with the approachment of troops, to th first shots fired, to what other battalions were doing as the battle ensued, this chronological tour is a necessary edition to anyone wanting to understand the real Shiloh. We found ourselves on back roads in the woods, off the tourist path, following an old wagon supply road to a marker tucked neatly inside the mass of wilderness. We cannot imagine touring a battlefield any other way, and again only wish our first views of the ones witnessed in 1999, were able to provide the depth we so much enjoyed with these.Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By James W. Durney TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 9, 2008
Format: Paperback
The Shiloh battlefield guide is the fifth of many Civil War guidebooks and maintained the standard started in the Gettysburg guide. The book covers the first big battles of the American Civil War and a Battlefield Park that is the closest to the veteran's vision of "their" battle park. Shiloh is a confusing battle with a story that is being rethought by the experts; this is not a battle history as such. My recommendation is to read Cunningham's book "Shiloh and the Western Campaign of 1862" before visiting the field. This is best of the very few guidebooks on the battle and is an option to employing a guide or purchasing a park driving tour.
The series format is directions to a point on the field, orientation, a general lesson on what happened in your view, followed by first person accounts of the action. These guides are designed using the general staff training concept of a Staff Ride. This is when a class is taken to a historic location, discuss what happened and see how the terrain influences the event. Staff Rides are designed to be intensive "on the ground" training coupled with physical observation in the hopes students will gain experience for later use.
I am not saying this to frighten you away from this guide but to tell you this is not a walk about and look at the monuments type of guide. This guide will have several pages devoted to the action at this point. It may contain a critique of the local commander's actions with possible alternates.
My experience is that reading the book prior to my visit works best. This allows me more time observing the field and less time reading the book. Of the tour options, a professional guide is usually the best but most expensive choice. The park driving tour is the best choice for a quick trip through the field to get the kids passport stamp. This book is the best choice for a serious student of the battle looking for a detailed explanation.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steven A. Peterson TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 7, 2008
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Shiloh was the first Civil War battlefield that I ever visited. It was a moving experience, as I viewed the Bloody Pond, the Hornet's Nest, and so on. But I really didn't know much about the ground before my family and I traversed the battlefield.

This was the first real monster battle of the Civil War, surpassing anything that had come before. My memory recalls a statement by a Union soldier at a later battle, when he said something like "I haven't been so bad scared since Shiloh."

On Page ix, we get a sense of the vision of this book: "This guide is designed to help you enjoy this experience at Shiloh. The stops are arranged to present the most important phases of the battle as it developed. . ." This volume would be very helpful as one treks across the battlefield, to make sense of how events unfolded.

The book itself starts off with a brief introduction that provides context for what comes next. The heart of these volumes is a combination of maps and where one should stop and the words of commanders from both sides, describing--from their perspective--what happened during the battle.

The comments from actors begin on page 11 with Major General U. S. describing the situation before the battle began. Then (Pages 23-25) we see General P. G. T. Beauregard's description of the early stages of the Confederate effort. The orders guiding the Confederate forces' movement toward Shiloh are outlined on pages 25-31. The plan itself had some flaws in it that unfolded as the battle progressed.

There are many points of interest in this depiction of the battle.
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