The Civil War: A Narrative, Volume 2: Fredericksburg to Meridian

The Civil War: A Narrative, Volume 2: Fredericksburg to Meridian

by Shelby Foote

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Overview

Focused on the pivotal year of 1863, the second volume of Shelby Foote’s masterful narrative history brings to life the Battle of Gettysburg and Grant’s Vicksburg campaign and covers some of the most dramatic and important moments in the Civil War.
 
Includes maps throughout.
 
"This, then, is narrative history—a kind of history that goes back to an older literary tradition.... The writing is superb...one of the historical and literary achievements of our time." —The Washington Post Book World

" Mr. Foote has an acute sense of the relative importance of events and a novelist's skill in directing the reader's attention to the men and the episodes that will influence the course of the whole war, without omitting items which are of momentary interest. His organization of facts could hardly be better." —Atlantic

"Though the events of this middle year of the Civil War have been recounted hundreds of times, they have rarely been re-created with such vigor and such picturesque detail." —The New York Times Book Review

"The lucidity of the battle narratives, the vigor of the prose, the strong feeling for the men from generals to privates who did the fighting, are all controlled by constant sense of how it happened and what it was all about. Foote has the novelist's feeling for character and situation, without losing the historian's scrupulous regard for recorded fact. The Civil War is likely to stand unequaled." —Walter Mills

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307744685
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/26/2011
Series: Vintage Civil War Library
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 1000
Sales rank: 59,330
File size: 8 MB

About the Author

Shelby Foote was an American historian and novelist.  He was born on November 7, 1916 in Greenville, Mississippi, and attended school there until he entered the University of North Carolina. During World War II he served as a captain of field artillery but never saw combat. After World War II he worked briefly for the Associated Press in their New York bureau. In 1953 he moved to Memphis, where he lived for the remainder of his life.

Foote was the author of six novels: Tournament, Follow Me Down, Love in a Dry Season, Shiloh, Jordan County, and September, September. He is best remembered for his 3-volume history The Civil War: A Narrative, which took twenty years to complete and resulted in his being a featured expert in Ken Burns' acclaimed PBS documentary, "The Civil War". Over the course of his writing career, Foote was also awarded three Guggenheim fellowships.

Shelby Foote died in 2005 at the age of 88.

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The Civil War: A Narrative, Volume 2: Fredericksburg to Meridian 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Shelby Foote understands the Civil War and clearly details its multifaceted nature in all its dimensions. Well-crafted prose, evocative story telling, a fuller exposition of the Southern perspective. Gettysburg and Vicksburg are minutely presented. If you enjoyed Shelby Foote on Ken Burns' "The Civil War," you will appreciate this book.
wildbill on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This portion of the war contained the battles that turned the war in favor of the Union. The battles of Gettysburg and Vicksburg were disastrous defeats for the Confederates. Foote does an excellent job in describing these campaigns. The Vicksburg campaign is given extensive coverage because it lasted so long. Foote's descriptions of the trips up the rivers to try to get to Vicksburg give a good feel for the terrain and the civilians the Union Army encountered. I found the ingenuity of the Confederates in devising all types of weapons fascinating.The Gettysburg campaign takes up a large portion of the book. I had to get myself ready to read about Pickett's charge. There was no way 15,000 men were going to take the Union position but they tried grandly. Foote writes with great detail for the men and the topography. He always provides a summation for the battles that is very helpful. I have not read any series that covers the military aspects of the war as well as this series. They are so well written that the length is not a deterrent to reading each volume completely.
rcss67 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Speaking as an Australian who is fascinated by all history I stumbled upon this series because of shelby foote's appearance on the Ken Burns' Civil War documentary. The three books are fanatstic reading, and their sheer size may be daunting but the writing is fluid, the characters well delineated, and Foote seems (to his foreigner at least) to have no axes to grind.
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