- Series: Mainstream of America series
- Hardcover: 437 pages
- Publisher: Doubleday; 1st edition (1956)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1122090056
- ISBN-13: 978-1122090056
- ASIN: B0006AUIKG
- Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.2 x 1.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,642,057 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This hallowed ground;: The story of the Union side of the Civil War (Mainstream of America series) Hardcover – 1956
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Catton's "This Hallowed Ground: the Story of the Union Side of the Civil War" (1956) remains an essential one-volume study of the conflict. Only James McPherson's work, "Battle Cry of Freedom" comes close to matching its scope. While McPherson's work may show a greater degree of scholarship, Catton's work more than compensates in its eloquence and passion.
The book begins with the famous caning that Congressman Preston Brooks of South Carolina gave to Senator Charles Sumner of Massachusetts in 1856 following a Sumner speech against slavery before the Senate. It examines the causes of the War, the battles and politics of the conflict, and concludes with the end of the long conflict in April 1865. (It gives only a brief glance to Reconstruction.)
Catton tells the stories of the War's military engagements simply and understandably. I have read detailed accounts of many Civil War battles and tend to become confused. Catton's accounts of the battled are short and, of course, simplified; but they cut to the heart of the matter.Read more ›
If your knowledge of the Civil War is limited and you think maybe you ought to know more or you'd like to know more, but you don't want to crack open a dry textbook -- then this is the book for you!
A note on the tone of the book. This is not a balanced account of the great story, in that there is focus on the Northern side. However, Mr. Catton is delivering no more or less than promised, as the title of the book identifies this intent. That said, this does not mean that he in any way exaggerated the cause or characters in any apparent way. I am not an historian, but am a budding Civil War enthusiast, and have read a couple of the heavyweights: McPherson's "Battlecry of Freedom" and Foote's "The Civil War: a Narrative," and consider Catton's work superior to both. McPherson's work is a bit more factual, but not as poetic. Foote's 3000+ page work is difficult to read due to his unabashed favoritism to the Confederacy's cause, its heroes, and its battle prowess; even though he is every bit the storyteller and researcher that Catton is. All in all, I would recommend reading both Catton and Foote to achieve a well balanced tutorial of our greatest American story.
In addition, it's a real page-turner - not a hard read at all. I've quoted more sections of it to my wife, my children (ages 11 and 13) and my co-workers than any other book I can think of.
I recommend this book to my brothers and sisters who are descendants of Confederate veterans, as well as those of us who are descended from the Union side. It is of a character and stature commensurate with General Lee.
Tim Oksman, City Attorney
I have a rather strong objection to the subtitle of this work, which the late historian would never have approved were he alive today. This book is not "the Union side" of the Civil War; it gives BOTH sides. In fact, the author is more sympathetic to men like Gen. Robert E. Lee and Jefferson Davis than I would have been. For many years, some influential historians have sought to label any history that seems to hint that the right side won the Civil War as biased. (Over four score and seven years, actually.) This work is a balanced account, and one of the best one-volume histories of the war ever written, both on the battle front and at the home fronts. It deserves to be thought of as such.
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Would give it no stars if that was possible. Text occupies about 60 percent of the page with big and unnecessary white borders all around. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Truly exemplary...particularly in Catton's unique phraseology.Published 4 months ago by MARK CHILSON
Spelling is terrible so makes reading difficult otherwise the story would be good.Published 6 months ago by SWT
The Kindle edition has so many typos that it is hard to read. The reader also has to decipher just what some of the words are supposed to be. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Arlene Holli
There were so many OCR errors that I simply could not read it. Almost every paragraph had a sentence I had to struggle to figure out. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Gary Holt
For a short history of the Civil War, this is the book to read. I first read back in 1961 ( the hundredth anniversary of the Civil War ) when I was in second grade. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Robert Watson
The version I purchased for $6.99 seems to be an exlibrary copy (inc. old library card) and full of typos and print errors making it annoying and unpleasant to read. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Melrose Plant
"This Hallowed Ground" is historian Bruce Catton's highly readable single volume history of the Civil War. Read morePublished 23 months ago by HMS Warspite
"This Hallowed Ground" is historian Bruce Catton's highly readable single volume history of the Civil War. Read morePublished on July 17, 2014 by HMS Warspite