McLean does have a Daniel H. And this is a love letter to it. Please see the supplementary resources provided below for other helpful content related to this book. As a storyteller, Catton makes particularly his own the weariness of the men. This new development in the war quickly resulted in futile charges and the prolonged siege that characterized Petersburg, with casualty numbers increasingly exponentially. After serving briefly in the U. Catton does not solely focus on the tribulations of battle but he examines camp life, weather changes, issues with moving a large army, horrid medical practices, supply delays, and the politics that Grant encountered while waging war.
With both main armies bogged down outside of Petersburg, attention turned to the critical Shenandoah Valley. A beautiful little book about a savage time, where the high politics and strategic maneuvering enter the story only as it relates to life for the average Union soldier. This story envelops the reader with the overall sense of the brutality of the American Civil war. Sidney George Strebeck 41th Mississippi and his oldest brother, 3rd lieutenant Daniel Hays Strebeck were all small share farmers who did not own slaves. Pages can include considerable notes-in pen or highlighter-but the notes cannot obscure the text. We read, rather, a powerful and exquisitely written story of the final thirteen months of American Civil War noise—the thundering boom of cannon, rat-tat of a thousand muskets, zinging rifle fire, clomping horses, crunching wagon wheels, yells from infantrymen making attack, raging fires of woods and buildings, and screams and cursing by wounded men lying between enemy lines.
For the name of this trilogy is, after all - The Army of the Potomac. Told from a Northern perspective, the work comes away quite clean and without the sense that Catton is too friendly in regards to his treatment of the Army of the Potomac and too condescending and bitter in his treatment of the Army of Northern Virginia. Catton's writing, research, and use of primary resources diaries, letters, and original records is excellent. Lincoln's Army, 1951 and Glory Road 1952. Every historical person he writes about comes alive as a living, breathing human with emotions and cares. Reprinted by Pocket Books, Inc.
A Stillness at Appomattox, the third book in his trilogy about the Army of the Potomac, is his crowning masterpiece. Author by : John F. However, an in-depth review of Sheridan is lacking. Thousands of casualties and an unexpected Union retreat left the field and its soldiers in utter confusion. After waiting until the spring, Grant began to move south.
It is a history on the American Civil War that recounts the final year, describing the campaigns of in Virginia during 1864. I live in Lynchburg Virginia, a town that is very close to Appomattox and is mentioned quite a few times in the book as just being up or down the road. The man who really stands out in all of this is Phil Sheridan. He sees, instead and perhaps more appropriately, the profound shock and disbelief of those who witnessed the Confederate messenger bearing a flag of truce to the Union lines. All the major battles during that last year are covered. This final volume of The Army Of The Potomac trilogy relates the final year of the American Civil War, and Catton shares the pathos of the time. A brigade made of coal miners from Pennsylvania dug underneath the Confederate lines to plant explosive charges and hopefully blow a hole in the defenses.
But there is balance aplenty, because Catton respects all of his combatants, and his over-arching poetry is the driving sensibility here, not how many column inches are devoted to this or that side. The book shows what mess politicians make and how inept command prolongs war with useless waste of life. Spine creases, wear to binding and pages from reading. But the stories about what was going on inside the heads of the people was often compelling and fascinating. The significant difference this time was that the federal army was not going to return home until the job was done. General Grant makes his way into town to meet with General Lee at the McClean House. He established his headquarters with General George Meade.
This is the final volume of the Army of the Potomac trilogy written by Bruce Catton about the Civil War. Meade was thanked by a grateful nation for his effective leadership at Gettysburg, and he retained the role of commanding general of the Army of the Potomac. It went on through the trees and past the little towns and over the hills, and there was no getting to the end of it. The book opens dreamily at a celebratory ball where soldiers and their most-favored ladies danced in a makeshift, large pine-scented hall, arrayed with flags and chandeliers. I guess I was pretty worked up about it. It was the first history I recall reading about anything at all, a few years later when I was thirteen. All the hopes and fears of the Union now rested on him.
This inability to maneuver did not prevent the North from trying to break through and Catton details one particular attempt. The story of how they would get that to happen is left for another book. Some corrections: The Strebeck family were not share farmers. About this Item: Pocket Books. Grant's brutal sledgehammer campaign, Lee's ferocious response, it's all here, but written in a way that comes across, at times, like some sort of dark war poetry. Pages can include considerable notes-in pen or highlighter-but the notes cannot obscure the text. It's well-written and reads like a novel, but it also contains a lot of quite interesting historical information.