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Product Details

  • Series: Campaign (Book 54)
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing; First Edition edition (September 15, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 185532606X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1855326064
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 7.2 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,274,994 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

Highly visual guides to history's greatest conflicts, detailing the command strategies, tactics, and experiences of the opposing forces throughout each campaign, and concluding with a guide to the battlefields today.

About the Author

James R. Arnold is an established author who has contributed to numerous military publications. James spent his formative years in Europe and used the opportunity to study the sites of historic battlefields. He has many published books to his credit, covering topics such as the Napoleonic campaigns and the battles and armies of the American Civil War. James lives in Virginia, USA.

More About the Author

Years ago my wife and I rented a former slave cabin on a plantation in Upperville, Virginia. The landlord was the grandson of a trooper who served with partisan leader John Mosby (the Gray Ghost). The doorstop was a ten-pound Parrott rifle shell recovered from the upper hay field (a cavalry skirmish had extended across the fields in 1863). Across Goose Creek was an historical marker signifying the place where Mosby's band first mustered. Here, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains we were surrounded by history and I began writing "The Cost of Freedom."

While my day job focused on military history, this was not what I wanted to write about in my novel. Instead, I was interested in how individuals confronted stark personal and moral choices as the great issue of the day -- secession -- threatened to rend the fabric of the lives. No such examination could ignore the salient role of slavery.

Research was profoundly enjoyable with each discovery bringing a new set of questions about motivation and loyalty: finding "The Journals of Amanda Virginia Edmonds" upon whom my Amanda is based and meeting her descendants; driving up a plantation lane to purchase our Thanksgiving turkey and seeing the antebellum, double decker balcony from where each year the elderly matron stood to bless the local hunt -- the inspiration for my race between Armistead and Min; finding a Confederate flag sewn by the local women at a small county museum with the hand-painted inscription "Go and Fight!" -- the basis for my scene where Amanda presents the colors to the Loudoun Grays; learning that a Union-loyal, Alabama-born officer had evaded Stonewall Jackson's trap at Harpers Ferry to lead yankee cavalry to safety, and realizing that my Armistead Carter had to help him find the way.

Well-crafted historical fiction has been a source of joy in my life; Dorothy Dunnett's epic sagas, Patrick O'Brian's sea-faring tales. They are page-turning adventure stories and explorations of character. If my "Cost of Freedom" can achieve even a faint echo of those wonderful reads, then I will be satisfied.

James R. Arnold is the author of more than twenty-five books devoted to military history and leadership. His published works include Presidents Under Fire, a study of how American presidents perform as war leaders, Grant Wins the War, a campaign study of Vicksburg, and Jeff Davis's Own, the story of the future Civil War generals who served on the Texas frontier during the Indian Wars. Arnold is the founder of Napoleon Books, a niche publishing venture devoted to Napoleonic studies. His most recent book, The Moro War (Bloomsbury Press, 2011) examines the first U.S. war against an Islamic insurgency. He has also written forty-two library reference books for young adults that address the social and historical events associated with colonial America, the American and French Revolutions, the Industrial Revolution and the American Civil War. Arnold and his wife live on a farm in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Melvin Williams on June 1, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book manages to explain in simple terms the complex struggle at Shiloh without going over the layperson's head. The illustrations are excellent and useful. It is one of the best books in the Osprey Campaign series I have read to date. The author goes into logical detail about the events before during and after the battle and keeps an exciting pace. I highly recommend this title to anyone interested in the battle of Shiloh. It is good enough to stand alone or as an excellent addition to the Campaign series.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 10, 1998
Format: Paperback
Fans of the Osprey Campaign series will enjoy this volume. The writing is clear and there are good maps. Unlike many Civil War books were are little more than a ctalog of the actions of individual regiments, the author gives a good view of the big picture of the battle, and how it helped Grant rise to prominence, as well as a good sprinkling of personal accounts by participants.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David W. Nicholas on March 14, 2007
Format: Paperback
The Osprey Battles series of books are always superbly illustrated and always short. This sometimes leads to books that are long on illustrations and short on anything else, especially text to explain what happened during the fighting. In some cases, the authors opt to pay attention, in detail, to some portion of the fighting, and leave everything else to another book. Here, the author can do that with some confidence: the battle was small enough that the fighting at the Hornet's nest and the counterattack on the second day can occupy much of the text without there being any misunderstanding of the course of the battle or its outcome.

I generally enjoy these books at least somewhat, though the thin text at some points is annoying. This one is better than most for the above reasons.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Adrian C. Sims on January 20, 2012
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Shiloh 1862 The Death of Innocence by James R. Arnold
Illustrated by Alan Perry. (Osprey Series)

I have been a student of the Battle of Shiloh for several years. Most serious students of the American Civil War who have read the Osprey series of books will know that these (Osprey) are introductory books to the battles. From a textual point, this book it is great for beginners and gives a good overview of the battle. This does not mean it should not to be read by the devoted amateur historian. What this book lacks in battle detail, it more than makes up for with period photography not often found in other books. It also uses period illustrations to good effect. The modern illustrations by Alan Perry are very good and will help those new to the war and those who have studied it for many years enjoy the reading. The best points of this book are the excellent maps showing troop placements and movements in both overhead and perspective views. The perspective views give a good feel of the topography and lay of the land in an almost 3D image. Additionally, the maps show the progress of battle throughout the day. Although it can be found in most books on Shiloh, this one also has a very good Order of Battle of each of the armies that were present making it a good quick reference guide. If you want battle details to the regimental level this book may not be your choice, but it still has its merits. If you are a serious student of the Battle of Shiloh and detail is what you need, I recommend O. Edward Cunningham's dissertation, "Shiloh and the Western Campaign of 1862", Wiley Sword's "Shiloh: Bloody April" and Larry J. Daniel's "Shiloh". For those new to Shiloh wanting to learn of the events that took place 150 years ago, and to the old veteran student, this will be a good addition to your library.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. S. Thurlow TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 5, 2012
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In March 1862, Union General Ulysses Grant, having penetrated deep into the Confederate state of Tennessee through his campaign against Forts Henry and Donelson, paused his army at Pittsburg Landing on the Tennessee River to consolidate his forces and provide training for his nearly raw troops. The Confederacy, alarmed at his progress, drew forces together under General Albert Sidney Johnston to restore the military balance in Tennessee. On 06 April, 1862, Johnston's army surprised Grant's forces at Pittsburg Landing, triggering the savage and bloody two-day Battle of Shiloh.

"Shiloh 1862" has the standard Osprey Campaign format, with an introduction; a review of the opposing commanders, their forces, and plans; and a concise narrative of the battle. There is an excellent selection of period photographs and illustrations, and some nice maps and graphics that break down the sequence of the fighting. Author James Arnold's account brings out the tenacity of the soldiers on both sides who, despite a lack of training and experience, put up one hell of fight in what turned out to be a bloody brawl. Arnold's analysis shows the battle could have gone either way; victory went to the side that refused to admit defeat.

"Shiloh 1862" is highly recommended to the general reader with an interest in the battle. The book may interest students of the Civil War as an example of how a number of generals who would become prominent leaders still had to learn their business through painful experience.
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