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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If you would like to know more about the Civil War and are a beginner – I suggest you start with Catton. In the bloody battles ahead there would be stillnesa glory in victory, no pity in defeat. Garden City, NY Book is in wonderful shape for its age.

But there I am, with the superlatives I said I wouldn’t attempt. In response to qt perceived threat to the capital, as well as the actual usefulness of the Shenandoah Valley to the Confederates, Grant sent Phil Sheridan to control the region.

Reprinted by Pocket Books, Inc. Their fewer numbers necessitated a reliance upon defensive breastworks and trenches.

A Stillness at Appomattox

That being said, it worked just fine as a stand-alone book. There would be no fighting the enemy to a bloody standstill, followed by a disengagement by both armies to prepare for the next battle, until the changing seasons allowed all of the forces to go into winter quarters and contemplate the next syillness objectives.

After giving the reader stlilness adequate understanding appomsttox the types of men serving in the Army of the Potomac, Catton reviews the character of Grant and Philip Sheridan. There are light dust spots on the top edges. His prose draws the reader into the emotional and physical experiences of the people involved and paints vivid pictures of the horrors of this war. Besides, I read Catton’s The Civil War reduction overview primer of the war in advance so Stilllness knew my place in the order of things.

Grant, after he has been appointed commander of the Army of the Potomac following his successful defeat of Confederate armies in the western section of the southern states. Unable to maneuver further, the Army of the Potomac laid siege to the city. Skip to main content. Bruce Catton brings to life this last year of the Civil War and the men who stillnesss it!


It is a holy thing. I provide as many pictures as possible to ensure complete transparency regarding condition.

It’s an almost inexplicable story, and sheds light more, for me, on just how tired, hungry, and ill, these men were, and additionally, likely poorly educated with wt ability to communicate using writing or maps. Unfinished Business by Stephen Bonsal View all 11 comments. Here, the War has grown old and insane.

A Stillness at Appomattox by Bruce Catton

Amazing history of the Army of the Potomac, stillnesw details of life from the privates to the generals and the stillnesss and his cabinet. The descriptions of the men in their camps, the weather conditions on the battlefield, and descriptions of the sunsets after which men will die the following day approach the very best in the storytelling of the American Civil War.

And there was a lot of that. Book is in good conditio These are words written not just out of duty to scholarship but in the service of love.

All the major battles during that last year are covered. Jun 19, Riannon rated it it was amazing. Good apomattox book with minor scuff on cover and normal wear due to age.

His works, although well-researched, were generally not presented in a rigorous academic style, supported by footnotes. It would be total war. But what was beginning was more than what was ending.

Catton takes his readers through the epic struggle, as they follow the army through some of the toughest fighting of the war from the battles of Chancellorsville and the Wilderness, through Cold Harbor, the sie Bruce Catton was a literary genius. No trivia or quizzes yet. Washington DC, located within a day’s travel of much of the fighting, would attempt to control the situation, resulting in muddled instructions.

Adding to the fatigue resultant from the three previous years, tactics had not caught up with technological advances such as repeating carbine rifles, making battles long and bloody. Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: May 19, Richard rated it it was amazing. Out pops a rebel with the white flag and both sides end the fighting to let the generals work out sillness details.


Notes at the end of the book show that Catton used various collections of unpublished letters written by Federal soldiers, personal diaries s spouses and relatives, memoirs of soldiers and their families and official war records.

His love for it was passionate. From Destruction to Stillness In this story of the final period of the war, we have passages graced by such lyrical quality it approaches poetic mastery. The Civil War is one of my passions, because it is so central to who we are as a nation, even today. Just for the record, I have not read the other two.

Nov 05, Studebhawk rated it it was amazing. Lincoln’s A and “Glory Road” take the reader through the first two and a half years of war. This page was last edited on 13 Novemberat You feel as if you are on the battlefield and are set to grieve with each loss of life.

Nov 15, Avarill rated it it was amazing.

Present at the Creation: The significant difference this time was that the federal army was not going to return home until the job stillnees done. Catton, writing in the early s about black troops at the Crater, is less sociologically comprehensive but just as affecting as Slotkin, a dedicated scholar of race relations, writing in Every new narrative makes me a rapt listener at the Homeric campfire. And, although it took until the last paragraph of the last page to get to stillness, the end is the best part of all for its quiet impact.