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Shiloh, 1862

Author: Winston Groom; National Geographic Society (U.S.)
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : National Geographic Society, ©2012.
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In the spring of 1862, many Americans still believed that the Civil War, 'would be over by Christmas.' The losses in Virginia at Bull Run the previous summer, with nearly 5,000 casualties, had been shocking enough, but suddenly came word of an appalling battle in the wildernesses of Southwest Tennessee, Shiloh, that cost 24,000 lives, most of them during a single day. This was more casualties than from all previous  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Winston Groom; National Geographic Society (U.S.)
ISBN: 9781426208744 142620874X 9781426209826 1426209827
OCLC Number: 774404320
Description: 446 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: April is the cruelest month --
You must be badly scared --
From failure to fortune --
Nothing can be done --
"Unconditional Surrender" Grant --
This cruel war --
He looked like an old Viking king --
I would fight them if there were a million --
All the furies of Hell broke loose --
What followed, no man could well describe --
Like shooting into a flock of sheep --
It was all a glittering lie --
I will lead you --
My God, my God, it is too late! --
I intend to withdraw --
Ah! Tom Grafton--how mistaken you were! --
An exalted distinction.
Responsibility: Winston Groom.

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Provides an account of the devastating battle of the Civil War, and presents portraits of the key players and epic moments immortalized at Shiloh; moments that would forever change the course of the  Read more...

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