" This is the third of Shelby Foote's three-volume coverage of the American Civil War. While he was not trained as an historian, his twelve years of research place his work in the realm of scholars. More than that, his beautiful prose, poignant observations and thoughtful coverage of the war yields a comprehensive understanding, not only of what happened, but how devastating the rift turned out to be. Regardless of the war's outcome, it would have lasting repercussions which we, as a nation have still not yet overcome. "
— J, 2/10/2014