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Shrouds of Glory: From Atlanta to Nashville: The Last Great Campaign of the Civil War Paperback – July 1, 1996


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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket; First Edition edition (July 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671562509
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671562502
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,709,199 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Focusing on the Confederate side, Groom traces their last offensive campaign to push the Union forces out of the South.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Arguably the most interesting campaign of the Civil War is Confederate Gen. John Bell Hood's quixotic invasion of Tennessee in the war's final months. The story is retold here by Groom, author of Forrest Gump (LJ 3/1/86) and coauthor with Duncan Spencer of Conversations with the Enemy: The Story of PFC Robert Garwood (LJ 7/83). Despite the promising conjunction of author and subject, the product is a bit disappointing. The first half is more a collective biography of the commanders than a narrative of the campaign; since they were mostly in the western theater throughout the war, it reads like a fast-forward history of those events. When the narrative finally begins, Groom is strongest on command decisions, particularly on the Confederate side. The book of choice on this subject remains Wiley Sword's Embrace an Angry Wind: The Confederacy's Last Hurrah (LJ 1/92).?Fritz Buckallew, Univ. of Central Oklahoma Lib., Edmond
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I'm a fan of Groom's Civil War history books.
Gary J.
The book was well written and was very in depth on this subject matter.
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I will read anything by Winston Groom, but this was exceptional.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Robert C. Carroll on March 10, 2000
Format: Paperback
As a high school history teacher and Civil War Buff, I am always looking for ways to bring the deeds and accomplishments of history to life for an audience with open hostility for the topic. This book accomplishes this next-to-impossible task. Groom writes with the prose of a novelist (no surprise), the research of a scholar (surprise)and a genuine love for and interest in the subject matter. One of the most fascinating non-fiction books I have even read, complete with excellent maps and interesting photographs.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Bill Newcomer on May 6, 2000
Format: Paperback
Shrouds of Glory does an efficent job of laying out John Bell Hood's last hurrah at a little known, but crucial battle of the Civil War. What may not be so well known is that the Battle of Nashville in December of 1864 was also the vindication of the Union General George "Pap" Thomas, (who by the way was originally from Virginia).
Linclon & Grant had their doubts about Thomas's waiting game at Nashville. The orders to relieve him of command were on the the way when Thomas unleashed the Union attack and the resulting disaster to the Confederate Army of Tennesee vindicated his patience. Sherman said the Battle of Nashville was the only battle of the Civil War where a whole army ceased to exist after the fight.
If Hood was desperate to make a break through, and he was, as Groom has laid out. Thomas was just as determined to close the door once and for all. I appreciated how this book laid out the events leading up to that battle.
Just as a side note, one of the Union regiments at Nashville was the Ohio 182nd Infantry. In that regiment was my great-grandfather, Sgt. George Debolt Newcomer.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 23, 1999
Format: Paperback
I found this book to be an excellent and well-crafted story of the bitterly-fought Tennessee campaign and in particular, the gruesome fight at Franklin, which was a truely tragic battle. The horrendous casualties, the poor leadership on Hood's behalf, the valiant but futile assaults by his veteran troops, the relentless and devastating firepower that was unleashed upon his men, which would have stopped most other troops in their tracks, is detailed in a superb fashion. The text was easy to follow and the maps were top notch. I feel that this small, but extremely bloody battle has greatly been overlooked and often only mentioned in passing by other historians. I highly recommend this well-researched book to anyone wanting to understand what happened to the Army of Tennessee during this phase of the war. I think the handling of a truely great and courageous officer, Patrick Cleburne, was sad, fitting and interesting. Excellent reading.
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In hindsight, it is clear that the Confederacy made a major error giving command of their Army of Tennessee to General John Bell Hood. He was excellent at division command. There is some question about his ability at Corps command (note his hesitation at a critical moment during Joe Johnston's retreat toward Atlanta, with Sherman pressing his army). This book, most literately written by the author of "Forrest Gump" and other novels, depicts the leadup to and campaign toward Nashville. This was the last major offensive effort by Southern forces--and it was a disaster, in effect destroying one of the two great armies of the Confederacy.

The author, Winston Groom, begins by noting (Page 3): "[This story] is about the last big Confederate campaign of the Civil War--the trek of the Armey of Tennessee from Atlanta to Nashville. . . ." The book traces the movement by Sherman, with three component armies (Ohio, Tennessee, and Cumberland) against Joe Johnston's forces. Slowly, Johnston gave ground, until his forces were pushed back to Atlanta itself. In part because of Hood's intriguing, Johnston was removed, to be replaced by Hood. Hood himself is an intriguing figure, and this book captures his persona (including his ill-fated courtship of Sally Preston).

We see his forces being used to try to save Atlanta, but--ultimately--defeated by Sherman. Then, his retrograde movement and his ultimate decision to take the offensive toward Nashville, hoping to turn the fortunes of the Confederacy around. His advance and the coalescing of a scratch force made up of many disparate forces under Union General George Thomas is well told. The near great victory at Spring Hill (and speculation as to what went wrong) and its ghastly consequence at Franklin are related.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Wayne A. Smith VINE VOICE on February 3, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Groom the novelist shows in this quick read of a remarkable civil war story. The details are present to please military history purists and the author's ability to weave an excellent story from the facts will make this enjoyable to the casual civil war reader. Good beach or holiday book because you will not want to put it down.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By FLFF on April 26, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book is definitely one I would recommend for people who are not history buffs. This one reads like a novel and is not a dry account of facts or figures. It puts flesh and bones on real life characters. It is well written and an easy read. It is lacking in a few maps but it is mercifully lacking in annoying footnotes which at times can bog down reader's interests while reading facts and figures instead of keeping abreast of the story line. Now some people want and need more maps but I found it very adequate. I enjoyed this book and learned quite a bit of Civil War history about the Atlanta to Nashville campaign I didn't know about.
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