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    PDF FREE [A Stillness at Appomattox] Appomattox one of “the homely American place names made dreadful by war” Appomattox Court House has a homeliness but Wilderness Tavern Spotsylvania Cold Harbor the Virginia killing fields of Grant’s overland push those sound entirely si

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    Read & download A Stillness at Appomattox Review ß PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Õ Bruce Catton Bruce Catton Õ 2 Summary This is not a book It is a holy thingIt's holy for what it says how it says it and how well it understands it It is not read it is lived It is experienced in short bursts and set aside so that you can close your eyes and imagine and contemplate and feel and pay all proper homage as you try to grasp its enormity I've been to Civil War cemeteries where thousands of headstones radiate in all directions endlessly but even that does

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    Bruce Catton Õ 2 Summary PDF FREE [A Stillness at Appomattox] This was not just battle strategy as I had feared that it would be It was very readable and felt like the author had actually interviewed the troops It explored the personalities behind the successes and failures The battle accounts were uite vivid I intend to read of his books

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    PDF FREE [A Stillness at Appomattox] This is the third installment in Bruce Catton's great Civil War trilogy 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 These books are as readable and enjoyable today as they were originally in the 1950's Beyond the broad appeal inherent in them these three volumes and especially A St

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    PDF FREE [A Stillness at Appomattox] Bruce Catton Õ 2 Summary Read & download A Stillness at Appomattox Rereading A Stillness At AoopmattoxBruce Catton's A Stillness at Appomattox was the first adult Civil War book I attempted

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    PDF FREE [A Stillness at Appomattox] Bruce Catton Õ 2 Summary I re read this a few years back and it's simply one of the best history books I've ever read Grant's brutal sledgehammer campaign Lee's ferocious response it's all here but written in a way that comes across at times like some sort of dark war poetry I think I saw on Goodreads where someone said that Catton was a historian

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    Read & download A Stillness at Appomattox PDF FREE [A Stillness at Appomattox] Review ß PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Õ Bruce Catton I guess I read this book out of order I didn't realize it was the third book in a trilogy That being said it worked just fine as a stand alone book The last few months of the Civil War were really brought to life for me by this book sorry for the cliche phrase It's well written and reads like a novel but it also contains a lot of

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    PDF FREE [A Stillness at Appomattox] Review ß PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Õ Bruce Catton Bruce Catton Õ 2 Summary I read A Stillness at Appomattox while touring the Richmond Petersburg area at the end of May 2016 I now understand why it

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    PDF FREE [A Stillness at Appomattox] What can I say about Bruce Catton and this book? I became a life long lover of all things history because of Bruce Catton I read these in my ea

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    PDF FREE [A Stillness at Appomattox] If their is ever again any rejoicing in the world it will be when this war is over That uote summarises the feeling of most of the people who fought in the American Civil War This is the third book in Bruce Catton's novels about the War Just for the record I have not read the other two Here the War has grown old and insane

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A Stillness at Appomattox Free read á 102 Firmed the great American tradition of a peace loving people who faced with necessity can also produce greatness in w. What can I say about Bruce Catton and this book I became a life long lover of all things history because of Bruce Catton I read these in my early twenties and I can still recall the sweet pleasure I got from realizing that history was actually FASCINATING when written by someone who seemed to sense the past as present Life changing for me If you would like to know about the Civil War and are a beginner I suggest you start with Catton If you need to remember why it is you became fascinated with the Civil War years ago I suggest you re read Catton It will all come back to you

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A Stillness at Appomattox Free read á 102 Mr Catton has combined historical accuracy with poetic insight to present the story of the Army of the Potomac in the. This is not a book It is a holy thingIt s holy for what it says how it says it and how well it understands it It is not read it is lived It is experienced in short bursts and set aside so that you can close your eyes and imagine and contemplate and feel and pay all proper homage as you try to grasp its enormity 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 struggle and pain like this book doesBruce Catton felt the Civil War down to his very marrow It percolated and boiled hot in his blood and animated his very being It inflamed his imagination His love for it was passionate His rumination on it was deep and profound His feeling for it created electricity that shot to his fingers and moved them to write beautiful words about a terrible and momentous timeAnd because of that he wrote this this inexpressibly beautiful and moving account of horror and hope It is one of the very greatest books I have ever had the pleasure to readThis my friends is how it s doneTrotting out superlatives for this is like someone who s too late for the party arriving with appetizers What can I possibly add that hasn t already has been said The book is famous and justly so and it s actually a relief to see that it is this good because my elevated hopes were not only not dashed but amply fulfilled and exceededCatton set a standard for popular histories that is rarely eualled yes I know Mr Shelby Foote he is imminent But there I am with the superlatives I said I wouldn t attempt I was moved not just by the content and not just by how beautifully it was stated but by the fact that someone wrote this period I was moved by the fact that someone achieved this in a book The achievement alone moves meThe book opens dreamily at a celebratory ball where soldiers and their most favored ladies danced in a makeshift large pine scented hall arrayed with flags and chandeliers There are pencil illustrations of this ball on the Library of Congress website that match Catton s description and seeing them makes for a haunting supplement to the reading It was the Washington s Birthday Ball of Feb 22 1864 Its soldierly participants had no idea their war would drag on for another year and this evening of finery and dance and civility was an attempt to suspend time and sublimate if just a little the inevitability of the savage battles soon to come for they had no way of knowing that General Grant was about to unleash a new kind of war rarely seen in the memories of history It would be total war There would be no uarter no letup no mercy and scorched earth and all to the last man if necessary Catton makes us know that very few of the men dancing on this night would long last and that the women with whom they danced would lose themFrom there Catton introduces leaders battles incidents and issues that often seem so disparate that they shouldn t fit so smoothly together into a flowing narrative and yet they do without pause It is the mark of someone who knows his subject this war inside and out who knows it so well that telling it with absolute mastery authority and with than a little poetry is second nature to him These are words written not just out of duty to scholarship but in the service of love Catton loved his subject And this is a love letter to it A bittersweet love letter from someone who sees the terrible beauty in unimaginable pain and in stubbornly clutched hopeSome might say this is a history written by the victors text and certainly the book s slant is Northern The book is after all largely about the trials and tribulations of the much aggrieved Army of the Potomac But there is balance aplenty because Catton respects all of his combatants and his over arching poetry is the driving sensibility here not how many column inches are devoted to this or that side This is about how the war was won by dint of a thousand cuts to allThe Germanic order gene in me says I am doing all wrong starting with the third of Catton s Army of the Potomac trilogy instead of starting with the first and proceeding therefrom But I don t listen to that spoilsport any Besides I read Catton s The Civil War reduction overview primer of the war in advance so I knew my place in the order of things I have contextI am glad I have finally come to the Civil War and to Catton I will be returning to him with hat in hand and properly humbledKevinRKy 2016

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A Stillness at Appomattox Free read á 102 Final year of the Civil War Writing from the point of view of the citizens who found themselves soldiers he has reaf. Rereading A Stillness At AoopmattoxBruce Catton s A Stillness at Appomattox was the first adult Civil War book I attempted after many years ago I was captivated by a series of Civil War stories geared to pre teens Since that time I have continued to read about the Civil War and recently have recaptured something of my boyish fascination with the subject I hope at a thoughtful level I was reluctant to struggle with this particular book again because of the memory of my struggle with the book as a child But I needed at last to go back to it to round out my reading of other works by CattonCatton s book tells the story of the Civil War in the East beginning in the winter of 1863 following the Battle of Gettysburg The first thing to notice about the book is the clear lyrical uality of the prose which somehow frustrated me as a child Catton writes in a propulsive forward moving style He tends to like long sentences joined with series of ands This makes his account move uickly although sometimes a bit stringingly Also Catton has a gift for lyrical metaphors to drive home his points whether in describing the fields or in describing the emotions of the men His writing at its best has a poetical moving uality Most importantly Catton writes lucidly His descriptions of the battles and of troop movements are relatively easy to follow Many of the accounts I have read since I first tried this book are detailed and ponderous This is never the case with Catton He gives a good basic picture of the battles he describes which will stand the reader looking for detailed accounts in good steadBesides the uality of the writing A Stillness at Appomattox is notable for the story it has to tell Broadly speaking Catton focuses on how the Civil War changed after its first two years and he explains why Although the carnage of the first two years of the war was immense the scope of the war increased markedly following Gettysburg The Civil War became the first total war bringing trench warfare sustained fighting destruction of property and hardship to noncombatants in its wake Many later writers have also made this point but Catton unforgettably drives it homeCatton thus describes the final Union campaign in the East There is little in the book on the Western theatre of the War of the Army of the Potomac from the Wilderness through Spottsylvania Cold Harbor Petersburg and Appomatox He describes the desperate harsh nature of these engagements under the leadership of US Grant Catton also pays a great deal of attention to Philip Sheridan to the destruction he wrought in the Shenendoah Valley Campaign and to his key roles in the Battle of Five Forks Petersburg and the final race to the Appomattox Court House Catton s discussion of Sheridan brought home to me the cruel all out nature of the final stages of the WarCatton also integrates well the military aspects of the Civil War with the political aspects There are good pictures of Lincoln and of the war weariness of the North which threatened the military efforts of the Armies until the last phases of the conflict Catton s work emphasizes in line with recent scholarship the critical role of African American soldiers in the Union s war effort But he also tends to support a reconciliationist approach following the end of the conflict rather than what might have been a committed attempt to protect the rights of the Freedmen Although Catton writes from the Union side of the line he clearly is impressed with the military and personal character of Robert E Lee and with the valor shown by the Army of Northern Virginia under the most trying of circumstancesI was enthralled by the pace of the book by Catton s writing and by his love for and knowledge of his subject This is a book to come to as an adult It will encourage the thoughtful reader to reflect upon the Civil War as the watershed event in our Nation s historyRobin Friedman

  • Hardcover
  • 438
  • A Stillness at Appomattox
  • Bruce Catton
  • English
  • 13 November 2020
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