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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The author brings us ever so gradually to the conclusion of the Civil War. Aug 24, Greg rated it it was amazing Shelves: The Greenback Era by Irwin Unger An American Story by David Oshinsky In the long line of Civil War historians, Catton is arguably the stkllness prolific and popular of all, with Shelby Foote his only conceivable rival.

Also shop in Also shop appomsttox. The Union generals were such a bunch of assholes Stillness at Appomattox doesn’t seem to be part of the Civil War Centennial trilogy.

I was moved by the fact that someone achieved this in a book. Some might say this is a “history written by the victors” text, and certainly the book’s slant is Northern.

A Stillness at Appomattox

At Appomattox when Lee sends out a rider to Grant indicating that he will surrender, the soldiers on both sides sat in silence with great anticipation and astonishment. But the officers will be cleaner than the soldiers in the ranks, who will march through mud or dust, pounding rain, numbing cold, and sweltering heat, between halts to appomsttox endless deep trenches and fight ferocious battles along a two-month trek for miles to Petersburg, Virginia, where the survivors will live in filth and misery for another ten months until their stillness breakout to war’s end at Appomattox Court Qt in April Having said that, there is no evident bias in the text.


For the name of this trilogy is, after all – The Army of the Potomac. It was the Washington’s Birthday Ball of Feb.

At the end, if you don’t have a catch in your throat as the armies realize the killing is finally over, you haven’t paid attention. Do yourself a favor and read it if you haven’t already. 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 exceeded. And this is a love letter to it. America in the King Years — by Taylor Branch.

Nov 05, Studebhawk rated it it was amazing. This new development in the war quickly resulted in futile charges and the prolonged siege that characterized Petersburg, with casualty numbers increasingly exponentially. Catton loved his subject. In the first issue, he wrote: With both main armies bogged down outside of Petersburg, attention turned to the critical Shenandoah Valley.

These stories captivated him as a boy, and that enchantment seeps through in his writing. Washington DC, located within a day’s travel of much of the fighting, would attempt to control the situation, resulting in muddled instructions.

Out pops a rebel with the white flag and both sides end the fighting to let the generals work out the details. Told with stunning clarity and amazing narrative, Catton weaves the successes and failures of both armies through the dying If you are unfamiliar with Bruce Catton, he was arguably the most renowned and well-respected Civil War historian of the 20th century. One of the more interesting things shown was the occasional camaraderie between soldiers on opposite sides.

Though it started slow with Dahlgren’s Raid, once the author described the scene with Grant meeting Meade in taking over the strategic direction of the Army of the Potomac, the book became a great read. The work really starts to take off when Ulysses S. But I was left feeling amazed that you could get thousands of men to stand up and run across the field while people on the other side shot at you.


At the ten-month siege of Petersburg both sides spend a long summer, then a long winter, marked by intermittent efforts to break impenetrable defense fortifications. The book shows what mess politicians make and how inept command prolongs war with useless waste of life.

The Army of the Potomac set is a much more entertaining less dry read in qt opinion. From 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 more than a little poetry is second nature to him.

A Stillness at Appomattox

Written by Bruce Catton, w is the last volume in a trilogy discussing the war that tore the Union asunder. High Quality Acid – Free paper. In this scene, Union troops predicted their grim fates on the eve of the fight at the Wildnerness: The long war would end, they would live to see Easter, and Rebels and Yankees were to be countrymen again in a new nation This book recounts the last year of the American Civil War as seen through the eyes of appkmattox commanders and men of the Army of the Potomac.

I intend to read more of his books. Unable to maneuver further, the Army of the Potomac laid siege to the city. Open Preview See a Problem?