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The Civil War: A Narrative: Volume 3: Red River to Appomattox (1974)
von Shelby Foote
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Such a good book, but often spoiled by southern bias of a boring kind. Like I can't necessarily always even believe the narrative- can the south ALWAYS be smarter and braver than the north? also such hatred for the radical republicans- again... does not have the whiff of objectivity.
There's not much to say about this volume that I didn't already say about the first two volumes. It's a classic work of narrative history written by a skilled novelist and a very thoughtful man. If you think you'd be interested, buy a copy now before Amazon forbids it.
What I thought I could do is list some miscellaneous things I've learned from the trilogy that I didn't previously know. Some of these will probably betray my singular ignorance, but there may be a few that would be news to others, as well.
1) Trench warfare wasn't just a thing in "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly"; it was a major part of most Civil War battles. In fact, Blue versus Gray were facing each other in trenches east of Richmond and Petersburg for almost a year near the end of the war.
2) I say "Gray", but lots of Confederate soldiers were dressed in butternut (a light brown).
3) A large segment of the Confederate army fought barefoot.
4) Through most of the war, the two sides had a system called "parole" in which armies would not retain their prisoners but would release them after they agreed that "for them the war was over" (as the Germans would say).
5) Generals did not lead a cushy life back then. About 1 in 8 were killed in action during the war.
6) Somehow during the time I lived in Atlanta I got the idea that, in the siege of that city, Union cannons lobbed shells from Kennesaw Mountain into the downtown area, almost 20 miles away. In actuality, cannons then had a range of about a mile--no more than 2 miles for the best--and the mountain's 800 feet of height couldn't have made that much difference.
7) This was the first war in which railroads were a major factor.
8) Tearing up railroad tracks was a major activity of the cavalry, but both sides became quite proficient at repairing them quickly.
9) Lee's surrender to Grant took place in a private home in a village called Appomattox Court House, *not* in a court house building.
A very well-researched narrative-style telling of the end of the Civil War. Foote tried to turn a series of mechanical battles into a story. Few details were left out; it is very thorough. However, the narrative seemed to try and excuse the actions of the South and its leaders during the war so it was not to my taste.
Considered one of best nonfiction books of century by Nat’l Review. It covers the war from 1862 to 1864 and follows the strategies of the North and South, the struggles on and off the field, and the four years that changed America forever.
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In the third-and last-volume of this vivid history, Shelby Foote brings to a close the story of four years of turmoil and strife which altered American life forever. Here, told in vivid narrative and as seen from both sides, are those climactic struggles, great and small, on and off the field of battle, which finally decided the fate of this nation.
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)973.7History and Geography North America United States Administration of Abraham Lincoln, 1861-1865 Civil War
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