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Shrouds of Glory: From Atlanta to Nashville: The Last Great Campaign of the Civil War

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  255 ratings  ·  21 reviews
The bestselling author of Forrest Gump weaves together eyewitness accounts, journal entries, military communiques, and newspaper headlines with his own straightforward narrative to construct a meticulous recreation of the last days of the Civil War. Photos. Maps.
Hardcover, 308 pages
Published April 1st 1995 by Atlantic Monthly Press
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happy
May 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Novelist Winston Groom has written some very good general audience looks at battles in the western theater of the America Civil War, but somehow I had missed this one. Written in the 1990s, I understand this was his first foray into Civil War history.

In this narrative, the author looks the CSA’s Army of Tennessee’s (AofT) invasion of its namesake state following the Union capture of Atlanta. In telling this story, Mr. Groom gives us a good look at the commander of the army and driving force of t
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Casey
Dec 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good book, covering the late 1864 Franklin-Nashville Campaign, the last major offensive push by a significant Confederate Army in the Civil War. This was the author’s, Winston Groom’s, first non-fiction book (he is better known for Forrest Gump). The lengthy development of the various personalities and the well painted pictures of the toils of the common soldiers are obvious benefits of an author who can tell a good story. I thought the opening descriptions of the Atlanta campaign was a bit to ...more
Michael J. Bayly
Sep 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As stated, this text on Hood's tenure with the Army of Tennessee definitely reads like a novel.


The book is fast-paced and easy to read. It provides insight into the character of John Bell Hood, from his religious conversion to his courtship, and most importantly, his style of command. It suggested that Hood was either incapable of or unwilling to learn from his mistakes at Atlanta and Franklin, leading to the debacle outside Nashville. It also discussed his willingness to divert blame on to othe
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Paul Richardson
Jul 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A look at Hood's Nashville campaign

This book is good at putting the events of December 1864 into an easy to follow narrative. How, the book does lean strongly towards the Confederacy and I feel that limits how historically useful the book is.
Donna
Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
I read this because I plan on visiting Franklin and Spring Hill and felt it provided an excellent overview of John Bell Hood's campaign into central Tennessee in the waning months of 1864. It was very readable and accessible.
George
May 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Very dry...the last section detailing what happened to the participants was interesting though
Justin Sangster
Jun 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
It was good and well researched. It wasn't as dry as some Civil War books, which was refreshing. The subject matter was a little depressing, but he did it justice. I'm glad I read it.
Steven Peterson
Nov 14, 2009 rated it liked it
In hindsight, it is clear that the Confederacy made a major error giving command of their Army of Tennessee to General John Bell Hood. He was excellent at division command. There is some question about his ability at Corps command (note his hesitation at a critical moment during Joe Johnston's retreat toward Atlanta, with Sherman pressing his army). This book, most literately written by the author of "Forrest Gump" and other novels, depicts the leadup to and campaign toward Nashville. This was t ...more
Doug
Sep 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
As I have said in previous reviews, Winston Groom writes history that reads like a novel. Shrouds of Glory recounts the ill-fated Confederate campaign in Tennessee following the fall of Atlanta. Some might see it as a paean to General John Bell Hood, the confederate commander. In actuality, as in any account of war, it should focus on the soldiers who's bravery and sacrifice made it possible for the Generals to become heroes in the public eye. If the incredible valor of these men, as described i ...more
Steve
Feb 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history-read
Excellent book about the Tennessee campaigns of the Civil War with a close focus on the leadership of John Bell Hood. An outstanding and aggressive operational leader, it would appear from this book the best leader may indeed be less of a fighter and more focused on the end objective. The book gives one a true feeling of the violence of the Civil War, with cannister blowing men literally to pieces and depositing their remains on their brothers in arms. Well worth the read for the Civil War Buff.
Jonathan
Mar 08, 2010 rated it did not like it
Awful book due to poor research. Writing style was hard to read. Groom never focused on a particular person or event for more than a paragraph. Book was also full of errors.

Johnston surrended Army of Tennessee in Greensboro, NC? Any historian that did their research knows it was Durham Station (now Durham, NC).
Rod
Dec 04, 2008 rated it did not like it
Shelves: history
Disappointing. I had hoped to find the literary sylist and historical popularizer who produced an outstanding work like "A Storm in Flanders." Sadly, no. Not only is the wordsmithing not up to snuff, but the historical insights are few and often bogus. For example, he depicts Sherman as opposed to high casualty operations as a way to Union victory, a position not borne out by the record.
Tom Darrow
Straight-forward story of a lesser-known campaign of the Civil War. Groom is clearly a fiction writer, because his research is both scanty and poorly done. Also, several sections in the book either repeat themselves or are out of order.
Nathan
Mar 09, 2009 rated it it was ok
A straightforward handling of complcated military history, told with the utmost lack of verve or color. If this hadn't concerned the Battles of Franklin and Nashville, I wouldn't have bothered finishing.
Jason Stewart
Mar 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
In Shrouds of Glory, author Winston Groom beautifully tells the story of the tragic death of the gallant army of Tennessee. While the entire book is fantastic Civil War writing, Groom's description of the heroism and horror of the Battle of Franklin makes the book well worth the read.
Sean Chick
Oct 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Solid popular history of the saddest campaign of the Civil War, a pointless offensive that destroyed an army and allowed Sherman to march through Dixie unopposed.
Tim Kent
Nov 08, 2013 rated it liked it
A good book. He agree's with Hood's assault at Franklin, I do to some degree. I enjoyed the book.
Bevan Audstone
Jun 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Excellent - well told history of General Hood (confederate)
Derrick
Oct 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I used to keep this book in the big truck with me, I have read it many times. Great book about late war Army Of Tennessee.
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Winston Groom is an American novelist and non-fiction writer, best known for his book Forrest Gump, which was adapted into a film in 1994. Groom was born in Washington, D.C., but grew up in Mobile, Alabama where he attended University Military School (now known as UMS-Wright Preparatory School). He attended the University of Alabama, where he was a member of Delta Tau Delta and the Army ROTC, and ...more