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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But sgillness armies sacrifice thousands of soldiers in the desperate fight against each other, and Bruce Catton walks us through the heartbreak of it all. Lincoln’s Army and Glory Road. With essay by Neil Baldwin from the Awards year anniversary publications. Quotes from A Stillness at Ap Paperback covers in good condition with wear on edges and corners.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Grant in Virginia during to the end of the war in 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.

With flowery prose and in the mold of a novel rather than a historical treatise, this work of Catton achieved immense fame and popularity.

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Catton, writing in the early s about black troops at the Crater, is less sociologically comprehensive but just as appojattox as Slotkin, a dedicated scholar of race relations, writing in Lincoln’s Army” and “Glory Road” take the reader through the first two and a half years of war. The War of Independence by Claude H. The National Experience, — by Lawrence A. From the Biblical Daniel, men believed that they were going to “stand up against the King of the S who would “fall” eventually.

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, sti,lness fires of woods and buildings, and screams and cursing by wounded men lying between enemy lines.


The battle accounts were quite vivid. The story of how they would get that to happen is left for another book. There is a Christmas stamp glued to the front inside flap dated Catton lived out his passion for the American Civil War from a young age. He gives fair treatment to all whether they be Confederates, black Union soldiers, stragglers, deserters, heroes and cowards.

It was the year of the match when the hard syillness man of character flaws, Ulysses S. He describes the army’s actions and movements in detail, and relates that to the experiences of individual soldiers, officers, and leaders in superb detail.

A Stillness at Appomattox

The People’s Choice by Herbert Agar Catton shows how, when the end finally came with Lee breaking out of his fortified position in the spring ofand having his exhausted army’s movements finally blocked at Appomattox Court House, the prevailing mood in the Army of the Potomac was relief instead of jubilation.

Grant, and his core leadership cadre, consisting of generals who fought with him in the West the last several years, infused the spirit of winning into the army. 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’.

The interior is in fine condition. Union soldiers focused more on their own survival rather than romantic notions of heroism or victory as the war dragged on and causalities mounted. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The Age of Reform by Richard Hofstadter He was considered another Napoleon who was going to win the war.

Known as a narrative historian, Catton specialized in popular history, featuring interesting characters and historical vignettes, in addition to the basic facts, dates, and analyses.

It includes amazing scenes: The miners succeeded totally in exploding the enemy’s lines, however, the army was not prepared to exploit the breech, and took a very long time to charge, eventually going down into the crater created by the explosion, then becoming trapped there, and easily killed by the reformed Confederate lines.


I guess I read this book out of order, I didn’t realize it was the third book in a trilogy. View all 11 comments.

A Stillness at Appomattox

But that is a very minor complaint when held up against the vast sweep of the Civil War saga thoroughly and expertly covered in Catton’s account. Told with stunning clarity and amazing narrative, Catton weaves the successes and failures of both armies through the dying If you are unfamiliar with Bruce Catton, he was arguably the most renowned and well-respected Civil War historian of the 20th century.

Aug 24, Greg rated it it was amazing Shelves: Return to Book Page. Just for the record, I have not read the other two. And because of that, he wrote this; this inexpressibly beautiful and moving account of horror and hope. If you need to remember why it is you became fasci What can I say about Bruce Catton and this book? You truly can NOT judge a book by the cover.

It’s not pleasant, zppomattox wars are won with such men. All the major battles during that last year are covered. It is not read, it is lived. Out pops a rebel with the white flag and both sides end the fighting to let the generals work out xt details. Again, Catton emphasizes the change in nature of the Army of the Potomac, but he also emphasizes the important changes in the nature of the war itself.

The Hemingses of Monticello: In this way they could break the siege. Again, I couldn’t give this 5 stars as with most of my comments, I hate books that describes troop movements but fail to accompany them stlllness a map or maps.

A Stillness at Appomattox, the third book in his trilogy about the Army of the Potomac, is his crowning masterpiece. It is the last time the men will be clean for another year.

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