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Shiloh by Shelby Foote
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Nov 06, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: american-history, book-club-books, historical-fiction, american-civil-war, read-in-2010
Read from November 06 to 07, 2010

Shelby Foote's "Shiloh: A Novel" is a unique telling of the Battle of Shiloh in April 1862 during America's Civil War. Told from the perspective of six different soldiers from both north and south, the reader can glimpse into lives of Civil War soldiers heading into battle. The sense of urgency, the mounting fear, and the human and animal carnage are vividly portrayed. It is difficult to walk away from reading this book without mental images of battlefields full of dead soldiers, mass graves, and the one scene with the Officer on Duty (OD) being blown to bits while writing a letter to his wife back home.

I recommend this book to anyone looking to experience what it was like to be a Civil War soldier or for anyone with a desire to learn about battlefield tactics during the time period.
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