- Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: Anchor; unknown edition (November 9, 1953)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0385044518
- ISBN-13: 978-0385044516
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 269 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #348,197 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Stillness at Appomattox (Army of the Potomac, Vol. 3) unknown Edition
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If every historian wrote like Bruce Catton, no one would read fiction. This marvelously well-told account of the final year of the Civil War marches readers from Wilderness, through Petersburg, and finally to the climax at Appomattox. The surrender scene, when Grant and Lee meet at last, is spine tingling. This is the third book of Catton's Army of the Potomac trilogy. It's also the best of the bunch, even though the first two, Mr. Lincoln's Army and Glory Road, are both exceptional. Not to be missed. --John Miller
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When first published in 1953, Bruce Catton, our foremost Civil War historian was awarded both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for excellence in nonfiction. This final volume of The Army Of The Potomac trilogy relates the final year of the Civil War.
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First, Catton relates well the battlefield experience. Of course, this is what it must have seemed like to him, and to his readers, 100 years or more later. Even so, by relying on memoirs and letters, Catton captures the smoke, confusion, and horror of battle with color and human insight that makes this book stand out even today.
Second, Catton also describes with much understanding the relationship between McClellan, the Army of the Potomac, and Lincoln. The men loved McClellan, whose panache reminded them of that first blush of glory when they enlisted, of that boyhood war they wanted it to be. From the Peninsula to Antietam, Catton explains how this army became Lincoln's army, how Mac and the army grew apart after Antietam and the Emancipation Proclamation. In 1862, the North's approach transformed from the softer touch to the South advocated by McClellan to the no-holds-barred, hard-hearted war that Lincoln wanted and knew it had to become.
Catton tells this story as a human drama, more emotional than as a purely rational, factual exercise. In doing so, he achieves a fresh and memorable take on history, especially this period.
I'm embarrassed to say I was not familiar with Bruce Catton, who turns out to have been a renowned historian, Civil War expert, editor and author. This may be because the books were published between 1951 and 1953. Later, readers like me were drawn to authors such Shelby Foote. But Bruce Catton is just as good a writer. And he lived early enough to have listened as a boy to Civil War veterans tell their stories. His primary sources add a great deal of color and detail to his books. Catton won the Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He was also the first editor of American Heritage magazine. If you have any interest in American history, Bruce Catton should be on your list of authors. Highly recommended!
Any Civil War student must read this series as a benchmark against which to measure all others.
I wanted to read a book by Bruce Caton, and, I enjoyed this final volume in the series. I know the way American history is taught leads many people to never pick up a book on this topic for the rest of their lives. It’s a shame that they never experienced Bruce Caton as a teacher.
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