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ISBN-13: 978-0809328925 ISBN-10: 0809328925 Edition: 1st Edition

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“With these fresh and provocative essays, some of the western theater’s most stellar historians offer new perspectives on the battle of Shiloh and its key participants.  This first volume in the new series Civil War Campaigns in the Heartland sets the stage for future titles that will make important contributions to the study of the military contest waged between North and South in the often overlooked West.”—Glenn W. LaFantasie, author of Gettysburg Heroes


“This book comprises eight superb essays by seasoned historians who concern themselves with the essential questions and controversies about bloody Shiloh, the single most pivotal and defining battle in the western theater.  It is not the last word on Shiloh, but it will be considered the foremost for many years to come.”—T. Michael Parrish, author of Richard Taylor: Soldier Prince of Dixie

“This is an excellent study of the critical Shiloh campaign. All students of the Civil War, whether professional or amateur, will find the work interesting and informative.”—Charles P. Roland, author of An American Iliad: The Story of the Civil War  

“This stimulating collection of essays explains better than many full narratives of the battle why the Union won at Shiloh.  Equally, it clarifies the battle’s crucial role in the context of the wider conflict.  Woodworth and his contributors present a sterling example of how the western theater shaped and dictated the course of the Civil War.”—Daniel E. Sutherland, editor of Guerrillas, Unionists, and Violence on the Confederate Home Front

About the Author

Winner of the Grady McWhiney Award of the Dallas Civil War Round Table for lifetime contribution to the study of Civil War History, Steven E. Woodworth is a professor of history at Texas Christian University. He is the author, coauthor, or editor of twenty-six books, including Nothing but Victory: The Army of the Tennessee, 1861–1865; Jefferson Davis and His Generals; and Davis and Lee at War.

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Product Details

  • Series: Civil War Campaigns in the Heartland
  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press; 1st Edition edition (April 21, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0809328925
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809328925
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,508,504 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Robin Friedman HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 5, 2009
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Many students of the Civil War develop their own passion for an aspect of the conflict -- be it a leader, an organizational unit, or a battle. It is a delight and a challenge to learn what can be learned about a subject of relatively restricted scope. In my studies of the Civil War, I have been fascinated by the battles of Gettysburg and Shiloh. Gettysburg has been studied extensively, but Shiloh somewhat less so.

Although it occurred early in the War (April 6-7, 1862), Shiloh was a pivotal moment in many ways. As a result of the failure of the Confederate attack, the South was unable to reverse the opening up of its heartland resulting from the earlier loss of Forts Henry and Donelson. The battle thus led the way to the large Confederate defeat in the West. The South lost a leader of promise in General Albert Sidney Johnston, while the Union found a team in Grant and Sherman that would carry them through the war. The Shiloh Battlefield is located in a remote part of South Central Tennessee between Savanna, Tennessee and Corinth, Mississippi. The Confederate attack was staged at Corinth. The loss of the battle opened the way for Corinth's seizure by the Union. The Battlefield remains in a virtually pristine condition. I visited it about five years ago, and I am looking forward to seeing it again.

This collection of eight essays, "The Shiloh Campaign" (2009) is for readers with a strong interest in Shiloh. The book is edited by Steven Woodworth, a scholar of the Civil War in the West who teaches at Texas Christian University. Woodworth also contributed an essay to the volume together with a brief introduction.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By David W. Nicholas on July 27, 2010
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Almost 20 years ago, I was stranded in downtown Los Angeles for an afternoon unexpectedly. Looking for something to do, I wandered into the downtown library, meandered into the history section, and wound up checking out Gary W. Gallagher's book of essays on the first day at Gettysburg. Up until that time I was not really a fan of essay collections: my mind wants the book to agree with itself, for some reason. By the time I'd read the third book in Gallagher's series on Gettysburg, I was sold on the series, and I've been buying and reading them ever since. By deconstructing the battle and examining minor parts of it more intimately, the authors reach some interesting, and strong, conclusions about the fighting and why it occurred the way it did. Much of this scholarship changed the way we think about the battle, and frankly I thought the whole thing extremely well-done.

Fast forward 17+ years. I'm browsing around Amazon, and I come across a book titled "The Shiloh Campaign". It's edited by Steven Woodworth, whom I know from reading his books "Jefferson Davis and his Generals" and "Lee and Davis at War". I generally like Woodworth, who in my opinion is probably the pick of the litter among the more or less pro-Southern historians currently writing. He's not really obnoxious in terms of insisting on Southern bravery or whatever, and though he concentrates on Confederate issues he generally isn't unfair to the Yankees. So I was intrigued by this idea, and bought the book. It turns out that it's a direct response to Gallagher's books, with an introduction that references them by name.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By James W. Durney TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 26, 2009
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Shiloh, the first big battle of the Civil War, no longer evokes the intents feelings of 1862. The larger bloodier battles that follow command more of our attention. The Shiloh battle park remains unspoiled by tourists and development but is difficult place to visit. A combination of larger battles and ease of access combine to make Shiloh one of the less studied battles. "Shiloh: Bloody April by Wiley Sword" and "Shiloh and the Western Campaign of 1862" by Edward Cunningham and Gary D. Joiner and Timothy B. Smith are the two best-detailed treatments of this complicated battle. Larry J. Daniel's "Shiloh: The Battle That Changed the Civil War" is the best introduction. With so little available, the possibility of a quality book on Shiloh is always an event for the Civil War community. I am very happy to report that this is a quality book on Shiloh, one that students of the battle will want in their library.
Eight historians, all with excellent knowledge of the battle and fine writing skills, produced a series of essays that are informative and enjoyable. Each essay is about 20 pages and covers a specific topic. The focus and length allows the author to be detailed without overwhelming the reader. Reading the book is like attending a series of excellent lectures for about $2 or $3 each.
John R. Lundberg starts the series with a look at the Confederate commander Albert Sidney Johnston. This gives us both the South and Johnston's stake in the battle.
Alexander Mendoza contributes an essay on the Union defense of the Left flank, an area of the field that got a lot of coverage but is gaining importance. In addition, this allows us to see how inexperience the two armies were.
Timothy B.
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