The bloodbath at Shiloh, Tenn. (April 6-7, 1862), brought an end to any remaining innocence in the Civil War. The combined 23,000 casualties that the two armies inflicted on each other in two days shocked North and South alike. Ulysses S. Grant kept his head and managed, with reinforcements, to win a hard-fought victory. Confederate general Albert Sidney Johnston was wounded and bled to death, leaving P.G.T. Beauregard to disengage and retreat with a dispirited gray-clad army. Daniel (Soldiering in the Army of Tennessee) has crafted a superbly researched volume that will appeal to both the beginning Civil War reader as well as those already familiar with the course of fighting in the wooded terrain bordering the Tennessee River. His impressive research includes the judicious use of contemporary newspapers and extensive collections of unpublished letters and diaries. He offers a lengthy discussion of the overall strategic situation that preceded the battle, a survey of the generals and their armies and, within the notes, sharp analyses of the many controversies that Shiloh has spawned?including assessments of previous scholarship on the battle. This first new book on Shiloh in a generation concludes with a cogent chapter on the consequences of those two fatal days of conflict. Illustrations not seen by PW. BOMC and History Book Club split main selections.
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Before Antietam, Shiloh stood as the bloodiest engagement of the Civil War. The April 1862 battle did not decide the war, as Daniel (Soldiering in the Army of Tennessee, Univ. of North Carolina, 1991) recognizes, but it almost ruined Gen. U.S. Grant, shook up the commands of both Union and Confederate armies, and left the West open to Union advances. Daniel's is the first study of the battle in 20 years and in many ways the most original. By juxtaposing accounts of fighting along the lines with scenes of political infighting in Washington and Richmond, Daniel shows how the politics of command, personal jealousies, piecemeal intelligence, and the skills of small-unit commanders affected the outcome of the battle. He also reminds us how little politicians and generals controlled events once soldiers started to fight. But he oversells the story. Only astute readers will escape from the swirl of battle details with a good sense of why Shiloh mattered. Recommended for large public and academic libraries.?Randall M. Miller, St. Joseph's Univ., Philadelphia
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Shiloh is one of those battles that's been somewhat neglected, in terms of historical studies. Gettysburg, by contrast, has been written about a great deal. Read morePublished 4 months ago by David W. Nicholas
Very well done, primarily because it places the battle in the political context of its times. Plus, it sheds some new light on the military leaders, including an insightful look,... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Gene Wynne
This is one of the better books on the American Civil War that I have read. It covers the Shiloh campaign and the battle itself, which shocked the people of both sides with its... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Eric Lee Smith
This is a wonderful collection from the Civil War. If you're a Civil War buff, you should enjoy this book.Published 21 months ago by Deb
This is an excellent book on the Battle of Shiloh. It is clear that the author did his research, and used facts in his writting. Read morePublished 21 months ago by BookBuyer2
the army of Tennessee was whipped soundly by the army of the Tennessee i hate ex library books but i wanted to read this great service and a good price thanks c.Published on February 8, 2013 by Judy Cross
This book is a bit difficult to read but is a good way to get an understanding of this important battle
Some of the complexities of the scene are well laid out and it's... Read more
"Shiloh: The Battle That Changed The Civil War" by Larry Daniel is a readable account of one of the war's bloodiest battles that is sometimes overlooked by other battles... Read morePublished on November 2, 2010 by Michael Taylor
THis book offers an insight into the bloody battle at Shiloh. It was a turning point in the Civil War because it provided the Union with a much needed victory at the time, but also... Read morePublished on May 20, 2010 by Dr. Redhawk