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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In it, he writes, very beautifully, of how he, during his st childhood, used to listen to the old men tell stories of their Civil War days, and how the stories would awaken in him a certain poetical feeling.

If I had been Grant I would have just called it off at that point 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.

May 15, Robert Etillness rated it really liked it. As such, the reader witnesses the horrible carnage of war, the massive industrial capacity of the North, and the respect with which the Northern soldiers stillneess Robert E. Catton is also very eloquent on the disappearance of celebrated units under the wheels of war.

A Stillness at Appomattox

This was a lesson the Europe failed to stillnezs in later campaigns. Glory Road Book 3: Mar 12, Matthew Perry rated it it was amazing. Want to Read saving…. Army of the Potomac 3 books.

Though the explosives worked as planned, the follow-up assault degenerated under the weight of poor planning and leadership from corps commander Burnside and his subordinates. This story envelops the reader with the overall sense of the brutality of the American Civil war.


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 z the Army of Northern Virginia. He had spent a lot of sleepless nights worried and in fear.

The Hemingses of Monticello: I could only wish that it had been assigned as reading for my high school history class in lieu of the reading material on the Civil War we were actually provided with! It is not read, it is lived. This is the third book in Bruce Catton’s novels about the War.

Although this position involved huge organizational responsibilities, the commanding general would not spend the rest of the war behind a desk in Washington, D. Catton’s writing frames this story as high drama in the culminating point of the history of the United States. It incl Bruce Catton is from my hometown: Will look good on your shelf.

Bruce Catton is from my hometown: The Impending Crisis, — by David M.

The Southerners attempted a final breakthrough, and when that failed, Lee took the honorable course and surrendered his men to Grant at Appomattox Court House.

This book recounts the last year of the American Civil War as seen through the eyes of the commanders and men of the Army of the Potomac. In this way they could break the siege. Stillness at Appomattox doesn’t seem to be part of the Civil War Centennial trilogy.

From there, Stillnes introduces leaders, battles, incidents, and issues that often seem so disparate that they shouldn’t fit so smoothly together into a flowing narrative, and yet they do without pause. In tandem with George Meade, this new leadership would be the necessary impetus for bringing the war to its conclusion. Stillnews book is in fair condition. But the officers will be cleaner than the soldiers in the ranks, who will march through mud or dust, pounding rain, numbing cold, and sweltering heat, between halts to dig endless deep trenches and fight ferocious battles along a two-month trek for miles to Petersburg, Virginia, where the survivors will live in filth and misery for another ten months until st final breakout to war’s end at Appomattox Court House in April But it just confirms what most everyone knows which is that the winners get to tell the story of the wars.


And this is a love letter to it.

A Stillness at Appomattox

Paperback1st Anchor Books edpages. 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. Good, interesting book — but mostly covered from the Union viewpoint.

That being said, it worked just zt as a stand-alone book. The dust jacket is in acceptable condition. Aug 26, Evan rated it it was amazing Shelves: The competing armies increasingly dug in and constructed opposing trenches, almost involuntarily, whenever the forces slowed to face one another.

At the start of World War II, Catton was too old for military service and, starting inhe served as Director of Information for the War Production Board and later held similar posts in the Department of Commerce and the Department of the Interior.