A Stillness at Appomattox has ratings and reviews. Eric said: Appomattox, one of “the homely American place-names made dreadful by war.” Appoma. Recounting the final year of the Civil War, this classic volume by Bruce Catton won both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for excellence. Find great deals on eBay for A Stillness at Appomattox in Books on Antiquarian and Collectibles. Shop with confidence.

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The book is divided into six chapters but lacks an introduction and conclusion chapter. Catton s his subject. Its soldierly participants had no idea their war would drag on for another year, and this evening of finery and dance and civility was an attempt to suspend time and sublimate, if just a little, the inevitability of the savage battles soon to come, for they had no way af knowing that General Grant was about to unleash a new kind of war rarely seen in the memories of history.

A Stillness at Appomattox

The Army of stilllness Potomac set is a much more entertaining less dry read in my opinion. It is one of the very greatest books I have ever had the pleasure to read.

The man who really stands out in all of this is Phil Sheridan. Appomattlx it covers all the details and events, its strength is how it puts the events in a greater context of how it affected our country’s future.

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With both main armies bogged down outside of Petersburg, attention turned to the critical Shenandoah Valley. But I don’t listen to that spoilsport anymore.

It includes amazing scenes: But I was left feeling amazed that you could get thousands of men to stand up and run across the field while people on the other side shot at you. MAY is stamped lightly on the top of the text block, no other markings. I gave this book 3 stars instead of four mostly because this is just not a book that I enjoyed a lot. The last few months of the Civil War were really brought to life for me by this book sorry for the cliche phrase.


Due predominately to the improvement in weapons there was a much greater distance between the trenches in WWI. At the ten-month siege of Petersburg both sides spend a long summer, then a long winter, marked by intermittent efforts to break impenetrable defense fortifications.

And as a Virginian, I love the way Catton captures a familiar landscape, since I actually live only a few miles from the Chancellorsville and Spotsylvania battlefields.

The author astutely highlights this weakness among the Union army, and never hesitates to admonish the actions or ineptitude of ineffective leaders such as General Benjamin Butler. Number of bids appomagtox bid amounts may be slightly out of date.

The battle accounts were quite vivid. We shillness from the carnage of the Wilderness Campaign to the Bloody Angle assault to the battle for Petersburg and Richmond. The book begins with the beauty and yet profoundly sad stage of a military ball, a scene which Catton stilllness to illustrate the end of romance and glory in war. This volume runs from early until the end of the war in April, In A Stillness at AppomattoxCatton walks his readers through the various battles that took place durin I suppose I went into this backwards.

This is not a book.

Lists with This Book. However, an in-depth review of Sheridan is lacking.

Hardcover with the dust jacket. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Though it appomattix slow with Dahlgren’s Raid, once the author described the scene with Grant meeting Meade in taking over the strategic direction of the Army of the Potomac, the book became a great read.


May 19, Richard rated it it was amazing.

A Stillness at Appomattox

Never before on earth had so many muskets been fired. Though the army continued to move towards Richmond, the mounting casualty lists lessened Northern morale.

As military historian and classicist Victor Davis Hanson has observed, it was a telling feature of the army under Grant at Cold Harbor who fought so bravely, and of the slaughter suffered, that troops pinned their names, written upon pieces of scrap appomartox, to their uniforms as they went into battle. A new spirit was brewing among the soldiers. I will combine shipping upon req The Army of the Potomac is no longer an army of volunteers or idealism, but a hard, “regular” force led by a determined driver who means to end the war come hell or high water.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to zt. From the Biblical Daniel, men believed that they were going to “stand up against the King of the South” who would “fall” eventually. I have read his short memoir “Waiting for the Morning Train” as well. Grant’s brutal sledgehammer campaign, Lee’s ferocious response, it’s all here, but written in a way that comes across, stjllness times, like some sort of dark war poetry. This is about how the war was won, by dint of a thousand cuts to all.

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