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The Civil War, Vol. 3: Red River to Appomattox

The Civil War Vol Red River to Appomattox An unparalleled achievement an American Iliad a unique work uniting the scholarship of the historian and the high readability of the first class novelist Walker Percy I have never read a better viv

  • Title: The Civil War, Vol. 3: Red River to Appomattox
  • Author: Shelby Foote
  • ISBN: 9780394746227
  • Page: 473
  • Format: Paperback
  • An unparalleled achievement, an American Iliad, a unique work uniting the scholarship of the historian and the high readability of the first class novelist Walker Percy I have never read a better, vivid, understandable account of the savage battling between Grant s and Lee s armies Foote stays with the human strife and suffering, and unlike most Southern An unparalleled achievement, an American Iliad, a unique work uniting the scholarship of the historian and the high readability of the first class novelist Walker Percy I have never read a better, vivid, understandable account of the savage battling between Grant s and Lee s armies Foote stays with the human strife and suffering, and unlike most Southern commentators, he does not take sides In objectivity, in range, in mastery of detail in beauty of language and feeling for the people involved, this work surpasses anything else on the subject It stands alongside the work of the best of them New Republic Foote is a novelist who temporarily abandoned fiction to apply the novelist s shaping hand to history his model is not Thucydides but The Iliad, and his story, innocent of notes and formal bibliography, has a literary design Not by accidentbut for cathartic effect is so much space given to the war s unwinding, it s final shudders and convulsions To read this chronicle is an awesome and moving experience History and literature are rarely so thoroughly combined as here one finishes this volume convinced that no one need undertake this particular enterprise again Newsweek The most written about war in history has, with this completion of Shelby Foote s trilogy, been given the epic treatment it deserves Providence Journal

    Civil War HISTORY Introduction The Civil War in the United States began in , after decades of simmering tensions between northern and southern states over slavery, states rights and westward expansion The election of Abraham Lincoln in caused seven southern states to secede and form the Confederate States of America four states soon joined them. American Civil War The American Civil War also known by other names was a war fought in the United States from to , between the North and the South The Civil War is the most studied and written about episode in The Civil War HistoryNet Other Names for the Civil War Northerners have also called the Civil War the War to Preserve the Union, the War of the Rebellion War of the Southern Rebellion , and the War to Make Men Free Southerners may refer to it as the War Between the States or the War of Northern Aggression. A Brief Overview of the American Civil War American The Civil War is the central event in America s historical consciousness While the Revolution of created the United States, the Civil War of determined what kind of nation it would be. American Civil War Causes, Definition, History, Facts American Civil War Written By American Civil War, also called War Between the States, four year war between the United States and Southern states that seceded from the Union and formed the Confederate States of America Before the Civil War the United States experienced a whole generation of nearly unremitting political crisis. The Civil War TV Mini Series This highly acclaimed mini series traces the course of the U.S Civil War from the abolitionist movement through all the major battles to the death of President Lincoln and the beginnings of Reconstruction. American Civil War Causes and Dates history The Civil War was America s bloodiest and most divisive conflict, pitting the Union Army against the Confederate States of America. The Civil War U.S National Park Service National Park Service Logo National Park Service Search This Site All NPS Search Open Menu Explore This Park The Civil War Contact Us ,, freed , dead nation saved From to , the American union was broken as brother fought brother in a Civil War that remains a defining moment in our nation s history. Ken Burns The Civil War Netflix Ken Burns s documentary depicts the action of famous Civil War battles, and relates the stories of soldiers, generals and a beleaguered president Beginning with an examination of slavery, this episode looks at the causes of the war and the burning questions of union and states rights The year History of the American Civil War he American Civil War was the greatest war in American history million fought , paid the ultimate price for freedom And a war for freedom it was The desire for freedom traveled deeper than the color of skin and farther than the borders of any state.

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    1. Shelby Foote

      Shelby Dade Foote, Jr was an American novelist and a noted historian of the American Civil War, writing a massive, three volume history of the war entitled The Civil War A Narrative With geographic and cultural roots in the Mississippi Delta, Foote s life and writing paralleled the radical shift from the agrarian planter system of the Old South to the Civil Rights era of the New South Foote was relatively unknown to the general public for most of his career until his appearance in Ken Burns s PBS documentary The Civil War in 1990, where he introduced a generation of Americans to a war that he believed was central to all our lives.

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    1. Shelby Foote writes, in the afterward section of this, the third volume of his monumental history of the Civil War, how relieved he was to finally finish this labor of love after researching and writing for twenty years. A literary effort begun to commemorate the centennial of the Civil War ended long after, in his description, the centennial enthusiasm had dried up. True, a centennial celebration itself fizzles out, otherwise we, or rather our descendants, would never eventually get re-excited [...]



    2. I have spend most of the last three weeks reading the 1,100-odd pages of Shelby Foote's The Civil War Volume III: Red River to Appomattox. I had mislaid the book for several years and was so delighted when I found it behind other books on a shelf that I began reading it at once.Unlike most of the other major histories of the Civil War, Foote's 3-volume series is written from he point of view of the Confederacy. I do not mean to imply that his history is biased. Rather, it covers the same ground [...]


    3. The last in Shelby Foote's Civil War trilogy, this one covers spring of 1864 through the end of the war. Foote's trilogy is a good reference for those who are looking for a thorough, sequential narration of the events of the Civil War. The series does not step back and analyze the events, so you don't really ever get a sense of the bigger picture or what the pivotal moments of the conflict were. These 3 volumes are a play-by-play, mostly of the battles, but also cover some of the politics in bot [...]


    4. towards the end of this massive trilogy foote shows a bit more of a sensitivity towards certain issues that he was maybe more ignorant of when he started. in the course of writing this series, foote lived through the civil rights era in the south, and i think it shows, particular in his comments about the awful failures of reconstruction. or maybe im just searching for things to validate why i enjoyed this series so much, which i did, despite foote's flaws and obvious sympathies for the confeder [...]


    5. Amazing! Stupendous! Incredibly enjoyable! Shelby Foote finishes his mammoth three volume narrative of the American Civil War with amazing erudition and, at times, passionate prose. Despite it being longer in length than his two predecessors, Foote manages to balance his switching from fast battle narrative to slow detail-bogged passages better than the first two volumes. He also has some of the best and most moving chronicles out of all the volumes in this one volume. Of particular note are the [...]


    6. What a great conclusion to this narrative. Shelby Foote did such a great job keeping the narration balanced on both sides, and engaging. The combination of the three books is rather lengthy, and had I spent the time to review the maps at the same time, I probably would have enjoyed it even more.Even as it was being narrated, I found the ending of this pivotal war to be bittersweet, and I genuinely felt sorry for the south. I loved this quote from Ulysses S. Grant at the surrender of Robert E. Le [...]


    7. In finishing this book, I have completed one of the great reading experiences of my life to date. As in the previous two volumes, Shelby Foote's ability to render a general yet hugely informative history of the Civil War is simply astounding. On a par with his skills as a general historian, he brings to bear all of his skills as a fine novelist in presenting the narrative of the war. In a volume exceeding a thousand pages, he is able to bring the reader to tears, to take the reader's breath, to [...]


    8. Have often returned to a chapter or two for reference, re-piqued interest froma TV show, or say when we biked around the Vicksburg battle field one summer. The interviews with Shelby Foote in Ken Burns' Civil War series were fascinating. Inspired, a girlfriend, who was from Mississippi, gave me a volume for each of the next holidays, birthday's etc. These books read like novels, hard to stop once you get going, even though yeah we know how it ends. Can't endorse this series enough. I'll read the [...]


    9. That Shelby Foote could produce 3,000 pages of prose of this quality is one of the greatest achievements of American literature, let alone narrative history.


    10. Reread and rating changed from 3 to 4. More appreciated the 2nd time through. Another must read for all interested in American history. This trilogy is really the definitive history of the civil war presented in a very readable style. It has been criticized for omitting mention of some of the atrocities committed by both southern and northern troops, but this is not an important omission. Finally finishing once again (3rd time) the thousands of pages of this definitive history of our civil war. [...]


    11. The blurb on the cover of these books describes the series as an American Iliad which doesn't at all to me seem like an overstatement because I can't think of any other group of American books, fiction or non-fiction, that encompasses the scope of this series. The facts of the Civil War are pretty well documented throughout the 3000 pages or so that Foote has written but it's a testament to his writing ability that these books are such a compelling read. I found myself tearing up when he was des [...]


    12. When you finish a trilogy like this you feel a sense of accomplishment. I can't even begin to imagine how Mr. Foote must have felt in completing this work, three thick volumes telling the story of one of the most crucial times in our nation's history.The Civil War, Vol. 3: Red River to Appomattox concludes an epic but does not satiate my passionate interest in the Civil War itself. It is to the author's great credit that he has told this monumental story not as a series of dry historical battles [...]


    13. I reserve 5 star ratings for the best. I never expected to rate this volume this high. Foote never provided citations in any of his Civil War histories, but the narrative makes up for his lack of footnotes. Foote's recounting of the battle of Franklin and his comments about the end of the war and how the men who fought it knew they were ending something special, a brotherhood, both North and South, that was hard to explain to those who had not fought, was beautifully written.



    14. In the beginning of the audio book for this Volume III, Ken Burns provides a wonderful intro. He refers to the futility of war and the dark era that followed in which the wealthy freely wheeling their power to the detriment of American people and economy and how the African-Americans continued to struggle for their freedom in the subsequent Jim Crow era. Shelby Foote does not go there. After more than 1,200 hours of narration (superbly done by Grover Gardner) it becomes clear that the American C [...]


    15. Just an amazing read, the trilogy taking almost as long a s the war itself to readI love this trilogy, all 3200 or so pages of it. My favorite part? No, not the intensive detail (Gettysburg takes as long to read as the battle did to fight), the personable style, with frequent uses of words like "practicable"), or the kind attention he gives to both sides. I love the fact that you feel what the people were feeling, This makes other histories seem like syllables. You know the events, but you find [...]


    16. This last volume of Shelby Foote's narrative history of the Civil War is massive. As well written as it is, as colorful and as moving, I can not imagine anyone being able to absorb everything even in this last volume. It starts with the little known "Red River" Campaign and continues to Appomattox. But, in truth, there are 100+ pages after Lee's surrender, as he chronicles each surrender the confederate made (there were at least four) and the capture of CSA President Jefferson Davis. Foote's com [...]


    17. The author says somewhere, "if you don't know the Civil War, you don't know America." Foote marches us through four long years that shaped America as much as any other in our history. His telling is narrative style through the military campaigns of Virginia, the West, and on the rivers and seas. The personalities are large on his stage but background to the march and clash of armies. Having been ignorant of much but the sheer basics of North v. South, Foote explains the southern perspective in a [...]


    18. The first two volumes of this trilogy are full of Southern victories. In the third volume, the tenor of the war changes, with more and more Northern successes, as the overwhelming numbers and resources of the Union finally take their toll. Although both sides occasionally faced starvation for both horses and men (the armies had to take forage with them), the threat became much realer for the Greys, as the war ground to a close. Indeed, Union troops cut off Lee's access to further supplies, which [...]


    19. This is good narrative history. Foote is excellent at turning what must have been thousands of letters, orders, and reports into lively and (mostly) compelling prose.One caveat: at one point, these books were seen as offering an evenhanded depiction of the North and South. Many modern readers may disagree. I will illustrate this with only one example. Foote describes, with great fervor and no apparent irony, the gross injustice and humiliation that Jefferson Davis endured when put in chains for [...]


    20. The final volume of Foote's magisterial epic continues with beautiful writing, sharp insights, and a general (if mild) Southern sympathy. While obviously a colorful character, Foote devotes more attention to Nathan Bedford Forrest than is strictly warranted. But that's a minor quibble. The first volume started with Jefferson Davis taking the oath of office for the Presidency and ended with his death. It's fitting that Davis bookends the trilogy and while some might call that unduly sympathetic t [...]


    21. I have just finished this majestic trilogy and feel a sense of awe at both the events and people the work describes, as well as the incredible talents of the man who devoted so much of his life to tell their stories. This trilogy has taken its place now as my favorite book, not just of history but of any kind. I am sad to come to the end of this journey I have been on for the past almost five months. It is one I will treasure always and am sure I will repeat many times throughout the years to co [...]


    22. The longest book of the three, I read it the fastest. For the first half, I just wanted to get to the end. The soliders are exhausted, sick, and and deserting. The generals are overwhelmed and getting sloppy. The war loses any elegance and descends into an interminable slugfest. It's when Sherman and Sheridan kick things into high gear that you feel that the thing might end. I also enjoyed getting to know Jefferson Davis, in all his strength and delusion as to the ultimate trajectory of his nati [...]


    23. a truly fascinating and detailed account of the end of the civil war. i've spent about a year reading this trilogy, and it was well worth it. as Lincoln said after this re-election in 1864: "In any future great national trial, compared with the men of this, we shall have as weak, and as strong; as silly and as wise; as bad and good. Let us, therefore, study the incidents of this, as philosophy to learn wisdom from, and none of them as wrongs to be revenged."



    24. I would not presume to try and critique this great mans work.It was a great experience to read all three of these works of art.




    25. If you can only read one book on the American Civil War, this is probably the best choice. And that is a bit of cheat since it is actually three books. Reading all three is time very well spent.


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