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Shiloh: The Battle That Changed the Civil War Paperback – June 12, 1998
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The book is well written, although it is difficult to follow much of the discussion concerning specific troop movements and the maps are not that helpful. However, that does not detract from the fine descriptions of the major players and their strengths and weaknesses. While Daniel is justifiedly critical of all of the major players, he is perhaps too forgiving of Sherman's role in allowing the surprise attack to occur.
Daniel goes to lengths to describe how Grant manipulated the situation to ensure that Sherman would be the senior Division Commander present at Pittsburg Landing, but then does not sufficiently discus his failure to have the troops entrench. It was that failure that allowed the Confederate surprise attack to almost succeed.
The above failure aside this was a very readable history of a crucial Civil War battle.
Long the subject of controversy, Shiloh's participants and contemporaries left a legacy of acrimonious discussion and creative revisionism that continues today. Larry Daniel's book goes a long way to getting this signal Civil War battle back to its proper perspective. Within two months of this defeat, the South lost 15,000 square miles of its Nation, including Memphis, Tennessee, all of the upper Mississippi River forts from Columbus, Kentucky to just above Vicksburg, Mississippi and, eventually, New Orleans, Louisiana, the Souths' largest city and one of its finest ports.
This is a step by step analysis of the uncertainty, blunders and lack of tactics as well as the fortitude, bravery and selflessness displayed by both sides. Many real heroes were born here. Many armchair and political heroes were defrocked. It was a true blood bath in the worst sense of the concept, setting the stage for Antietam, Vicksburg, Chickamauga, Gettysburg, Chancellorsville and all the horrors that came after. It defined the antagonists' resolve and defined each sector's devotion to its cause: The South's completely focused commitment to their definition of freedom and the North's completely focused dedication to their definition of Union.
Larry Daniel's "Shiloh: The Battle that Changed the Civil War" offers a detailed account of the bloody conflict that took place April 6-7, 1862 at Pittsburgh Landing in Tennessee. But the strength of the book lies more in Daniel's attempt to put the battle in its political context than in his description of the military actions.
Daniel argues that Jefferson Davis's policy in the West, which required a defence of every part of the Confederacy's large border, was based on highly dubious assumptions on how to garner support for the Southern war effort from European powers. Albert Sidney Johnston, a highly regarded general and a friend of Davis, received the unenviable task of commanding the Southern forces in the Western theatre. Militarily, Davis's policy stretched the Confederacy's available manpower very thin and made a breakthrough almost inevitable. Following the disaster at Fort Donelson, the way was opened into the Confederacy's heartland in Tennessee and further South including, ultimately, the control of the Mississippi River.
Johnstson, under severe criticism for the loss of Fort Donelson, was forced to evacuate Nashville. An ailing P.T. Beauregard was sent to assist Johnston and, it seems, Johnston allowed his junior to make many of the command decisions. Ultimately the Confederate troops concentrated in Corinth, Mississippi where the launched the surprise attack at Shiloh.Read more ›
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Great book ...will use it to report to myCivilWar Round Table membershipPublished 19 days ago by Raphaela M. Consigli
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 9 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 10 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 19 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 on December 5, 2013 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 on November 18, 2013 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