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Shiloh: A Battlefield Guide (This Hallowed Ground: Guides to Civil Wa) Paperback – March 1, 2006
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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.Read more ›
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!
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.Read more ›
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Strikes a balance between too much and not enough details for each stop on the battlefield. Love this series of battlefield guides and never disappointed.Published 2 months ago by Judge
I bought this book when it first came out and I am happy I did. I have since lost it and just ordered a new copy from Amazon this week because of my upcoming visit to Shiloh. Read morePublished on May 17, 2013 by rmorris58
I had the chance to go to Shiloh this winter, and had to bone up in a hurry. I read Daniel, got a bunch of maps (Trailhead! Read morePublished on March 25, 2011 by Amazon Customer