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Shiloh: A Novel Paperback – April 9, 1991
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In the novel Shiloh, historian and Civil War expert Shelby Foote delivers a spare, unflinching account of the battle of Shiloh, which was fought over the course of two days in April 1862. By mirroring the troops' movements through the woods of Tennessee with the activity of each soldier's mind, Foote offers the reader a broad perspective of the battle and a detailed view of the issues behind it. The battle becomes tangible as Foote interweaves the observations of Union and Confederate officers, simple foot soldiers, brave men, and cowards and describes the roar of the muskets and the haze of the gun smoke. The author's vivid storytelling creates a rich chronicle of a pivotal battle in American history.
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This fictional re-creation of the battle of Shiloh in April 1862 fulfills the standard set by his monumental history, conveying both the bloody choreography of two armies and the movements of the combatants' hearts and minds.
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1. Lt Palmer Metcalf will be observed by Pvt Luther Dade when Gen Johnston's command passes the Mississippians (Ch 3).
2. Pvt Luther Dade will inquire of an unnamed sergeant where he can find a doctor during his wanderings over the battlefield (Ch 3). That sergeant is Jefferson Polly of Forrest's cavalry. In fact, Polly will report about being asked by a wounded youthful soldier where he can find a doctor (Ch 5).
3. Capt Walter Fountain's narration ends abruptly, but we learn in the Otto Flickner narration that Fountain has been killed by a cannonball (Ch 4).
4. In the Indiana squad chapter, there are twelve sections. Each section is narrated by one of the twelve members of the squad, and, with a little sleuthing, the order of the narrators can be worked out: Robert Winter (killed), Sgt Bonner, Klein, Diffenbuch (wounded), Holliday, Cpl Blake, Joyner, Grissom (wounded), Pettigrew (killed), Lavery, Amory, Pope.
5. Lt Palmer Metcalf will cross paths with Jefferson Polly in his closing chapter. He will also cross paths again with Pvt Dade, the young soldier on the wagon who moans exactly what he moaned to the captain of his regiment after receiving his bayonet wound.
For those interested in external linkages, consider this. The casualty rate among narrators closely echoes the casualty rate suffered by both armies during the battle. Luther Dade's last name is the same as Shelby Foote's middle name. He hails from fictitious Jordan County, which is the name of Foote's next book. And finally, Metcalf refers to a portrait of his mother hanging in his family home in New Orleans. The portrait was painted by Thomas Sully, who also painted a famous portrait of our third president, Thomas Jefferson. Thomas Jefferson's older sister was Polly Jefferson. The narrator of the fifth episode is Jefferson Polly.
None of the above are obvious at first read, but when the curious reader chooses to delve more deeply, the underlying structure is there.
Let me just add that the writing in this book is wonderful. It is spare and elegant, not stark and sparse. It is also wonderfully clear. There isn't a single sentence in the entire book that has to be re-read to be understood.
The credit for this highly readable but historically accurate novel goes to Shelby Foote - with a notable assist to fellow native Mississippian William Faulkner. The series of perspectives is similar to As I Lay Dying but it offers the accuracy of a seasoned historian. In truth, "Shiloh" is (to me) more readable than Faulkner and engages in a level that I was never able to find with Foote's idle.
Final Verdict - I rarely say this, but this should be required reading at the High School level. It is written at a very high level and it offers a highly entertaining an accurate retelling of the battle of Shiloh.
Both From the Northern / Southern side and from different jobs- Calvary, infantry, Cannon, etc.