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About the Author

Mark Grimsley is a professor of history at Ohio State University. He is the author of And Keep Moving On: The Virginia Campaign, May–June, 1864, and the coeditor of Civilians in the Path of War, both published by the University of Nebraska Press. Steven E. Woodworth is a professor of history at Texas Christian University. He is the author of Chickamauga: A Battlefield Guide and Six Armies in Tennessee: The Chickamauga and Chattanooga Campaigns, both published by the University of Nebraska Press.
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  • Series: This Hallowed Ground: Guides to Civil Wa
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Bison Books; 1 edition (March 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080327100X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803271005
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #804,138 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I wish I could be as enthusiastic about this book as the other reviewers have been so far. The purpose of this book is to provide a field guide for visitors to Shiloh that is more complete than the brochures and pamphlets available at the visitor's center but less detailed than full-fledged books on the subject and also to organize it in such a way that the visitor could follow the flow of action as it happened in time. Those are admirable goals and I think think the organization of the book accomplished the second goal. But the authors didn't edit it tightly enough to accomplish the first goal. This is a book! Make no mistake about it. It's 174 pages of fine print (including illustrations and appendixes). It would take an average reader two or three days to read it in sessions of a couple hours each or one very long sitting. If you use it as a field guide and attempt to complete the tour in one or two days, your days are going to be spent reading. You will be looking at the book most of the time, not the battlefield itself.

I am a serious Civil War buff and I have a huge collection of books on the subject including several specifically on Shiloh. I am not a casual visitor to battlefields who is satisfied with just reading brochures and looking at monuments. I want to know what actually happened on a battlefield. That's what gives it all meaning. Without that knowledge, the battlefield is little more than a park. But this book is simply too detailed to be a useful field guide, in my opinion. It would be much more useful if it was edited down to include about 1/3 of the information that it contains.

I like to visit Shiloh every couple years and I bought this book because I am planning a trip to the battlefield next month.
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I used the "Battlefield Guide" May 18-19 while touring Shiloh, and could not have been more pleased with it. I re-read Sword, Daniel, and McDonough first, and used the Guide in conjunction with the Trailhead Graphics map of the battlefield. The tour stops were aptly detailed and quick & easy to read. I strongly recommend the Guide for anyone planning a walking tour of the Shiloh park.
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I've been a fan of _Gettysburg: A Battlefield Guide_ since its publication in 1999. When I saw that Mark Grimsley and Steven E. Woodworth had teamed to co-write a guide to Shiloh, I was excited. Grimsley and his co-author on the Gettysburg guide, Brooks Simpson, did a great job (see the several Amazon reviews, which give it 5 stars). Woodworth is one of the most knowledgeable historians of the western theater. His new book, _Nothing But Victory_, on the Union Army of the Tennessee, tells the story of an army that was more or less born at Shiloh.

I haven't yet had the chance to use the Shiloh guide on the battlefield, but it looks very promising. They had the Shiloh park historian vet the guide (the historian, Stacy D. Allen, is a well-regarded authority on the battle), and they created an ingenious two-axis tour, so that instead of constantly zig zagging back and forth to follow the action, you choose to follow the battle's progression first on the Confederate right or left flank, and then on the other. This keeps the action clear.

The narrative, analysis, and vignettes follow the pattern of earlier guides (Chickamauga as well as Gettysburg.) The discussion of the confused Confederate command arrangement is especially good. It is justifiably critical but never scornful and tries to be as understanding of the Confederate high command's predicment as possible.

I'm glad spring is here, because it's time for a road trip to Shiloh!
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I have walked much ground that was fought over by the men who fought the Civil War, but one field I have yet to reach rests in southwestern Tennessee, in the countryside near a little chapel called Shiloh Church. There one of the Confederacy's stars, Albert Sydney Johnston, fell like a hawk on the unsuspecting army of Ulysses S. Grant on the morning of April 6, 1862. What followed was the first massive struggle of the war. Dead and wounded were counted in the tens of thousands rather than in the hundreds. There Grant's quality of coolness under fire first showed itself, as on that first day it appeared that Johnston's men might push the Federals back into the Tennessee River. Instead, Johnston suffered a mortal wound, Don Carlos Buell landed with a huge reserve of additional Union soldiers, and on the next day Grant swept back across all the ground he had lost.

The University of Nebraska Press has undertaken the publication of a series of excellent battlefield guides, of which the two noted authors of this volume are editors. Each has contributed to at least one other book in what is now a five volume series.

When I get to Shiloh, I will have this guide at my side. It provides an excellent overview of the battle and a very logical plan to see and understand the events of both days. The maps, prepared by Christopher Brest, are numerous and clear. The illustrations, nearly all taken directly from the original four-volume printing of Battles and Leaders of the Civil War are both nostalgic and crisp. They use both battlefield sketches and portraits of many of the principal actors. Only William Tecumseh Sherman, whose Battles and Leaders image was one of him long after the war, festooned with medals and sash, seems a little out of place.
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