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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (149 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Winston Groom Narrator: Eric G. Dove Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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SHILOH, 1862 - The Battle of Shiloh, fought in the wilderness of southern Tennessee in April 1862, marked a violent crossroads in the Civil War. What began as a surprise attack by Confederate troops on a Union stronghold to gain control of the Mississippi River Valley became a bloody two-day conflict that would eerily foretell the brutal reality of the next three years. Pitting up-and-coming Union general Ulysses S. Grant against Confederate firebrand Albert Sidney Johnston, the engagement was a perfect storm of advanced weaponry, a West Point - educated officer corps, and a decades-long buildup of hatred that bore devastating consequences. One hundred thousand soldiers clashed in the vicious melee, and losses for both sides totaled nearly 24,000, more than had been lost during the American Revolution and the War of 1812 combined. Bestselling author and Civil War historian Winston Groom skillfully re-creates the drama of the event in a gripping, eye-opening, and heartrending narrative that highlights the major personalities, politics, and mind-set of the day. But perhaps the most alarming outcome, Groom poignantly reveals, was the realization that for all its horror, the Battle of Shiloh had not vanquished the Rebel army in the West, and the thousands of maimed and slain were merely wretched symbols of things to come.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Steve | 2/13/2014

    " Excellent book of a Civil War battle I knew very little about. The author's first book, Vicksburg 1863 was outstanding and in his second book Shiloh 1862, He didn't disappoint. The battle of Shiloh had the most casualties-23,741 combined. 1,754 Union dead, 8,408 wounded, and 2,885 missing or captured. Totaling 13,047 on the Union side. The Confederate casualties were 1,723 killed, 8,012 wounded, and 959 missing or captured. Totaling 10,694. That was more in a single battle than all of America's previous wars-The American Revolution, The War of 1812, and the Mexican War combined. Ulysses S. Grant was the Union commander during this time. What was also fascinating was the artillery that was used during this time as well. Highly Recommended! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Monty | 2/10/2014

    " Shiloh 1862 is a good, relatively light introduction to the devastating Civil War battle of April 1862. Groom uses anecdotes, individual family expriences, and narrative history to flesh-out the events of the 2-day battle-- as well as those preceding and following the aftermath. He manages to convey the confusion of those days particularly well, when the ordered columns and text-book theories of "how a battle should be fought" were thrown to the four winds. The descriptions of the geography and its relevance to events is explained very well. All of the major players and their personalities are included and presented with interesting detail, especially Grant, Sherman, Beauregard, Forrest and the other men responsible for unleashing hell in the south-west corner of Tennessee. A very good book for the novice with little detailed knowledge of the battle. This is not a battlefield guide with descriptions of each regiment or brigade committed to action in those two days. The book does place Shiloh in the context of the greater war, stressing its impact and meaning on the events which followed, especially in the Western Theater of operations. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Dustin | 2/6/2014

    " This book's author also wrote the book "Forrest Gump" so it reads smoothly. He uses a lot of civilian stories to make it more than just a boring history book. Although like 80% of the book covers the first days fighting, and then the second days fighting only gets a partial chapter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jon | 1/13/2014

    " The human experience, imagination, and language is not sufficient to describe for others what it must be like to be in battle. Winston Groom comes as close as possible in his history of the battle of Shiloh. The book appears to be well researched yet reads like an action novel. "

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