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. This book covers the last 14 months of the war with the Army of the Potomac.

At the end, if you don’t have a catch in your throat as the armies realize the killing is finally over, you haven’t paid wt. The volunteers that enlisted in had served their three years of duty and a significant portion of the veterans left the army only to be replaced by a cast of thieves, murderers, and drunks. Want to Read saving…. Grant takes overall command of Union armies.

Good hardcover book with minor scuff on cover and normal wear due to age. Far from a traditional strategy and tactics work on the Civil War, A Stillness is primarily a campaign history told through the eyes of Northern soldiers.

The last few months of the Civil War were really brought to life for me by this book sorry for the cliche phrase. A new spirit was brewing among the soldiers.

This is a book written for the general reader as well as the scholar and keeps you enthralled to the end. 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 siege of Petersburg and finally the surrender of Lee to Grant at Appomattox. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. The War with Mexico by Justin H. A Stillness at Appomattox First edition.

The sounds be The title of this book is misleading, for there is no “stillness” until the last paragraph of the last page. Army of the Potomac 3. 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.


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.

His feeling for it created electricity that shot to his fingers and moved them to write beautiful words about a terrible and momentous time. Burrows and Mike Wallace. So much would happen during the time period covered in this volume, and Catton tells it masterfully. I intend to read more of his books. The Germanic-order gene in me says I am doing all wrong starting with the third of Catton’s Army of the Potomac trilogy instead of starting with the first and proceeding therefrom.

The problem is the officers didn’t really take the scheme seriously.

A Stillness at Appomattox

After waiting until the spring, Grant began to move south. After serving briefly in the U. While 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. Mary Chesnut’s Civil War by C. If he has written a better book than this one, I have not read it. I loved reading this beautifully written series, which is part love song, part elegiac hymn to the ordinary Union soldier.

The Age of Jackson by Arthur M. A Union officer commenting that the Confederates were human beings just as they themselves were, after observing the Confederates in leisure, is a poignant example of the mortal nature of the conflict.

May 15, Robert Snow rated it really liked it. No longer retreating and regrouping as under McClellan, the Army soon appomattod that a more bellicose strategic initiative guided Grant and his officers. His works, although well-researched, were generally not presented in a rigorous academic style, supported by footnotes.

Trotting out superlatives for this is like someone who’s too late for the party arriving with appetizers. 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. These books are as readable and enjoyable today as they were originally in the ‘s.


Garden City, NY Book is in wonderful shape for its age. Nov 05, Studebhawk rated it it was amazing. I know the way American history is taught leads many people to never pick up a book on stillnes topic for the rest of their lives. Also, the book lacks sufficient maps of battles which make comprehending the movements and positions of both armies difficult. From then untilhe worked for the Newspaper Enterprise Association a Scripps-Howard syndicatefor which he wrote editorials, book reviews, and served as a correspondent from Washington, D.

Washington DC, located within a day’s travel of much of the fighting, would attempt to control the situation, resulting in muddled instructions.

A Stillness at Appomattox

An Army at Dawn: 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. America in the King Years — by Taylor Branch. Thanks for telling us about the problem. During the long siege of Petersburg, a group of soldiers, who were professional coal miners, sold their commanding officer on the idea of digging a tunnel ‘ under the enemy lines, then exploding a massive charge, and charging on the lines at the same instant.

Due predominately to the improvement in weapons there was a much greater distance between the trenches in WWI. We live again with them their exhaustion, frustration and fury—and their courage, determined will, and compassion for each other as well as for the enemy soldiers they faced. For anyone interested in the Civil War or American history in general, author Bruce Catton’s trilogy of books should be on your short list of ‘must reads’.

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