A Stillness at Appomattox has ratings and reviews. Eric said: Appomattox, one of “the homely American place-names made dreadful by war.” Appoma. Recounting the final year of the Civil War, this classic volume by Bruce Catton won both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for excellence. Find great deals on eBay for A Stillness at Appomattox in Books on Antiquarian and Collectibles. Shop with confidence.

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Adding to the appoattox resultant from the three previous years, tactics had not caught up with technological advances such as repeating carbine rifles, making battles long and bloody. I recently re-read this one, and Z can unequivocally say that this is my favorite Civil War book.

Grant had joined General Meade and the Potomac Army. When first published inBruce Catton, our foremost Civil War historian was awarded both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for excellence in nonfiction. I had to put the book down from time to time, just to absorb all the humanity that bursts out of the pages.

This is a Limited With lots of other reading I’ve done inc. Cover is is great shape! Similar to the first two volumes, “A Stillness at Appomattox” continues the style of writing history for modern readers, concentrating on the human motivations central to important events.

See each listing for international shipping options and costs. President Abraham Lincoln finally found the individual xtillness would be capable of leading his army to ultimate victory. It draws on the words of the soldiers and commanders themselves—primarily those who wore federal blue indeed, the entire narrative privileges the Union perspective.

A Stillness at Appomattox

Again, I couldn’t give this 5 stars as with most of my comments, I hate books that describes troop movements but fail to accompany them with a map or maps. It would be total war.

He sees, instead and perhaps more appropriately, the profound shock and disbelief of those who witnessed the Confederate messenger bearing a flag of truce to the Union lines. You truly can NOT judge a book by the cover. Additionally, I believe there is insight into the reasons behind the bitterness of “civil wars” as a genre.


We see moments in which, but for this or that misstep, the way could have ended months maybe years earlier, saving untold thousands of lives. According to Catton, the war ended in an eerie silence and with a great heaviness. It’s an almost inexplicable story, and sheds light more, for me, on just how tired, hungry, and ill, these men were, and additionally, likely poorly educated with little ability to communicate using writing or maps.

A new spirit was brewing among the soldiers. Catton examines the endeavors of the Army of the Potomac, under the leadership of Lt. An American Story by David Oshinsky The Whitehouse was the real storm center. At the start of World War II, Catton was too old for military service and, starting inhe served as Director of Information for the War Production Board and later held similar posts in the Department of Commerce and the Department of the Interior.

A Stillness at Appomattox

It includes amazing scenes: The Army of the Potomac set is a much more entertaining less dry read in my opinion. Calton’s description of the battle at Spottsylvania is devastating. Robert LoBretto Not sure why you think he should have written about the reasons that caused the Civil War in this trilogy.

Paperback covers in good condition with wear on edges and corners. Bruce Catton is from my hometown: And as a Virginian, I love the way Catton captures a familiar landscape, since I actually live only a few miles from the Chancellorsville and Spotsylvania battlefields. Just a few days before reading this book, I had been wandering through these same battlefields, imagining the troop maneuvers and encounters, picturing to myself the circumstances in which so many men with differing loyalties, but similar values, found themselves.

I guess I was pretty this is a reread for me The other two volumes are Mr. A Stillness at Appomattox.

It explored the personalities behind the successes and failures. Views Read Edit View history. Together, these th For anyone interested in the Civil War or American history in general, author Bruce Catton’s trilogy of books should be on your short list of ‘must reads’. Reprinted by Pocket Books, Inc.


A Stillness at Appomattox Refine Results. We gain glimpses into the character, relationships, military movements, and stratagems of major players such as Grant, Sheridan, and Lee, as well as of numerous more minor characters in that great tragedy.

The author relies upon official records published by the War Department in stiplness addition to unpublished diaries of Union soldiers. Catton’s writing frames this story as high stillnees in the culminating point of the history of the United States.

Art and Life in America by Oliver W. If I had been Grant I would have just called it off at that point Quotes from A Stillness at Ap If appomzttox would like to know more about the Civil War and are a beginner – I suggest you start with Catton. Jun 23, Laurie rated it it was amazing Shelves: Now I feel I was right, the casualty counts seem inflated by an order of magnitude over what I have ever read about before: Zt 18, Fred rated it really liked it Shelves: Bruce Caton tells this story with a clarity and mastery of the subject that brings the reader in almost sitllness a witness.

Word was being spread that every man who falls fighting that great battle of liberty was going to go to heaven. In it, he writes, very beautifully, of how he, during his own childhood, apponattox to listen to the old men tell stories of their Civil War days, and how the stories would awaken in him a certain poetical feeling. I’ve been to Civil War cemeteries where thousands of headstones radiate in all directions, endlessly, but even that does not make me feel the accumulated weight of death and s This is not a book.

A little dry but overall a nice union perspective of the end of the war in Virginia. Indeed, in the springtime confrontations at The Wilderness, Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor, and Richmond, it will not go down at all.