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Shiloh: The Battle That Changed the Civil War

3.72 of 5 stars 3.72  ·  rating details  ·  86 ratings  ·  10 reviews
The battle of Shiloh, fought in April 1862 in the wilderness of south central Tennessee, marked a savage turning point in the Civil War. In this masterful book, Larry Daniel re-creates the drama and the horror of the battle and discusses in authoritative detail the political and military policies that led to Shiloh, the personalities of those who formulated and executed th ...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published June 12th 1998 by Simon & Schuster (first published April 1st 1997)
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Eric Smith
This is one of the better books on the American Civil War that I have read. It covers the Shiloh campaign and the battle itself, which shocked the people of both sides with its casualties and ferocity.

The book is well written and moves along nicely, but what really helps the most is the 15 maps that are included. They cover both the campaign and the battle and show most of the details that are talked about in the book. Sometimes one map is used to show too much, too long a period of time, but th
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Steven Peterson
I cannot find the reference in my memory, but I do recall a line in some work on the Civil War in which a veteran soldier says something like "I wasn't so bad scared since Shiloh." Shiloh was the first monster battle of the Civil War. Prior to this contestation, the major battles included First Manassas (or First Bull Run), Wilson's Creek, Pea Ridge (or Elkhorn Tavern), and Forts Henry and Donelson. None was anything like Shiloh.

Larry Daniel's book is a detailed and very readable accounting of
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Gary Brecht
On April 6th through the 7th, 1862, at a place called Pittsburgh Landing on the Tennessee River, the Union forces commanded by General Ulysses S. Grant and Joseph Buell clashed with the Confederate forces led by General Albert Sidney Johnston and General Beauregard. At the conclusion of the two day battle approximately 24,000 were reported killed, wounded or missing in action. It is estimated that Confederate army suffered 45 thousand casualties while the Union incurred 56,000.

Both sides account
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Tim
A few people have taken a crack at the fascinating and bloody Civil War Battle of Shiloh, but of the two treatments I've read, no one's completely nailed it.

Daniel's book is occasionally confusing, particularly in the pre-battle stage-setting and movements of the armies, and the approach he takes — short sections of a few pages each from different points on the battlefield — sometimes works, sometimes doesn't. And readers will have to stick with a dull first 100 pages or so before the battle hea
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'Aussie Rick'
This was the first book I had read on this famous battle and I must say that at times I found the book to be confusing. Overall the book provided a good account of the battle and it was an enjoyable read. The author provides 15 detailed and easy to understand maps of the action and a number of photographs of the battle area and personalities.

I must say however that the book did not get me involved as other books I have read on the Civil War. I did not get a feel for the soldiers or the Generals
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Lynn Diane
Jul 29, 2013 Lynn Diane rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lynn Diane by: my Civil War interest
I hoped for something more interesting. I guess it takes a talent, of sorts, to make a Civil War battle almost boring. Only my optimism kept me reading.
Jerry
good book if you like Civil War Battles.
Carl Owen
Read the book and really enjoyed it. Later found out that my great grandfather fought for the confederacy at this battle!
Hartley
maps okay, to many troop movements
Sean Michael
The best book on Shiloh by far.
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