It is this gift for narrative that led contemporary critics to compare this book to War and Peace, and call it a “modern Iliad. Now over fifty years old, this hallowed ground remains one of the best-loved and admired general Civil War books: a perfect introduction to readers beginning their exploration of the conflict, as well as a thrilling analysis and reimagining of its events for experienced students of the war.
Includes maps. The classic one-volume history of the American Civil War simultaneously captures the dramatic scope and intimate experience of that epic struggle, by Pulitzer Prize-winner Bruce Catton. Covering events from the prelude of the conflict to the death of Lincoln, Catton blends a gripping narrative with deep, yet unassuming, scholarship to bring the war alive on the page in an almost novelistic way.
A Stillness at Appomattox: The Army of the Potomac Trilogy
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 in non-fiction. In this final volume of the army of the potomac trilogy, takes the reader through the battles of the Wilderness, Catton, the Crater, the Bloody Angle, Cold Harbot, America's foremost Civil War historian, and on through the horrible months to one moment at Appomattox.
Grant, meade, sheridan, and Lee vividly come to life in all their failings and triumphs.
Never Call Retreat Centennial History of the Civil War Book 3
A magnificent stylist. Through the kaleidoscope tone and temper of the struggle, but similar in dedication to their awesome tasks, different in stature, two men, grappled with the burden of being leaders both in politics and war. Bell I. And so they were fought––Fredericksburg, The Wilderness, Vicksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg.
Lincoln managed to expand and intensify the ideals that sustained the Northern war effort, Mr. Wiley, after reading the manuscript of never call retreatthe final volume of Bruce Catton's monumental Centennial History of the Civil War traces the war from Fredericksburg through the succeeding grim and relentless campaigns to the Courthouse at Appomattox and the death of Lincoln.
This is an eloquent study of the bitterest years of the war when death slashed the country with a brutality unparalleled in the history of the United States. Lincoln’s use of vast resources is brilliantly contrasted to Davis’s valiant struggle for political and economic stability in a hopelessly fragmented and underdeveloped south.
As Mr. Davis was never able to enlarge the South’s. His determination and uncanny vision of the destiny of the country and its people far transcended the plaguing tensions, fears, and frustrations of his cabinet and Congress. This was a war to be won by flexibility in though, strength in supplies, and battles.
Gettysburg: The Final Fury Vintage Civil War Library
Paying full heed to the human tragedies that occurred, from the skirmish that began the engagement, Gettysburg: The Final Fury gives an hour-by-hour account of the three-day battle, to Pickett’s ill-fated charge. Catton provides context for the fateful decisions made by each army’s commanders, and examines the battle’s military and political consequences, placing it within the larger narrative of the Civil War and American history.
Described by the chicago tribune as “military history…at its best, ” Gettysburg, The Final Fury is a classic. Engaging and authoritative, catton analyzes the course of events at Gettysburg, clarifying its causes and bringing to life the most famous battle ever fought on American soil. Features 41 illustrations and 5 maps.
An incisive look at the turning point of the civil war, when the great armies of the North and South came to Gettysburg in July 1863—from Pulitzer Prize winner Bruce Catton, one of the great historians of the Civil War.
Terrible Swift Sword Centennial History of the Civil War Book 2
Failed to drive ahead—for reasons good and bad. It was not initially a war against slavery. Lincoln kept insisting, a fight to reunite the United States. The earliest engagements were halting and inconclusive. The second episode in this award-winning trilogy impressively shows how the Union and Confederacy, slowly and inexorably, reconciled themselves to an all-out war—an epic struggle for freedom.
In terrible swift sword, bruce catton tells the story of the Civil War as never before—of two turning points which changed the scope and meaning of the war. General mcclellan impaled in these pages on the arrogant words of his letters captured more imaginations than enemies, and continued to accept serious over estimates of Confederate strength while becoming more and more fatally estranged from his own government.
As the buildup began, there were maddening delays. Buell, halleck, Beauregard Albert Sidney Johnston. First, he describes how the war slowly but steadily got out of control. And then the author reveals how the sweeping force of all-out conflict changed the war’s purpose, in turning it into a war for human freedom.
After these first tests at arms, reputations began to crumble. This would not be the neat, short, “limited” war both sides had envisioned. At first, it was not even much of a fight.
Coming Fury, Volume 1 Centennial History of the Civil War
Winner of the pulitzer prize and the national book award! A thrilling, page-turning piece of writing that describes the forces conspiring to tear apart the United States—with the disintegrating political processes and rising tempers finally erupting at Bull Run. ". A major work by a major writer, a superb recreation of the twelve crucial months that opened the Civil War.
The new York Times.
Glory Road Army of the Potomac Trilogy Book 2
In the second book of the army of the potomac trilogy, Bruce Catton—one of America’s most honored Civil War historians—once again brings the great battles and the men who fought them to breathtaking life. With brilliant insight, and detail, color, Catton interweaves thrilling narratives of combat with remarkable portrayals of politics and life on the home front.
But the tide began to turn over the course of three days in July 1863, when the Union won a decisive victory on the battlefield of Gettysburg. Months later, lincoln would give his historic address on this ground, honoring the fallen soldiers and strengthening the Union Army’s resolve to fight for a united and equal nation for all of its people.
. The saga of a nation divided—from the union Army’s disaster at Fredericksburg to its triumph at Gettysburg—by a Pulitzer Prize–winning Civil War chronicler. Lee’s greatest triumph of the war. But the hope that greeted burnside’s ascension was quickly dashed in December 1862 in the wake of his devastating defeat at Fredericksburg.
Following burnside’s exit, joseph “fighting joe” Hooker, turned a sure victory into tragedy at Chancellorsville, a mediocre new commander, continuing the Union’s woes and ensuring Robert E. Glory road is a sweeping account of extraordinary bravery and shocking incompetence during what were arguably the war’s darkest days.
As the war between the states moved through its second bloody year, General Ambrose Burnside was selected by President Lincoln to replace the ineffectual George “Little Mac” McClellan as commander of the Union Army.
Grant Moves South
Grant, whose bold tactics and relentless dedication to the Union ultimately ensured a Northern victory in the nation’s bloodiest conflict. And grant’s bold maneuvers at Vicksburg would cost the Confederacy its invaluable lifeline: the Mississippi River. Based in large part on military communiqués, catton’s extraordinary history offers readers an insightful look at arguably the most innovative Civil War battlefield strategist, and Grant’s own writings, personal eyewitness accounts, unmatched by even the South’s legendary Robert E.
A pulitzer prize–winning historian looks at the complex, controversial Union commander who ensured the Confederacy’s downfall in the Civil War. But destiny and president lincoln had even loftier plans for Grant, placing nothing less than the future of an entire nation in the capable hands of the North’s most valuable military leader.
In this new york times bestseller, preeminent Civil War historian Bruce Catton narrows his focus on commander Ulysses S. Though unskilled in military power politics and disregarded by his peers, commander of the Twenty-First Illinois Volunteer Infantry, Colonel Grant, was proving to be an unstoppable force.
While a succession of union generals—from mcclellan to Burnside to Hooker to Meade—were losing battles and sacrificing troops due to ego, egregious errors, and incompetence, an unassuming Federal Army commander was excelling in the Western theater of operations. Lee. He won victory after victory at Belmont, Fort Henry, and Fort Donelson, while brilliantly avoiding near-catastrophe and ultimately triumphing at Shiloh.
Grant Takes Command
The newly named general was virtually unknown to the Union’s military high command, but he proved himself in the brutal closing year and a half of the War Between the States. After grant’s bold and decisive triumph over the Confederate Army at Vicksburg, President Lincoln promoted him to the head of the Army of the Potomac.
Grant’s strategic brilliance and unshakeable tenacity crushed the Confederacy in the battles of the Overland Campaign in Virginia and the Siege of Petersburg. The pulitzer prize–winning historian’s “lively and absorbing” biography of Ulysses S. Although tragedy struck only days later when lincoln—whom Grant called “incontestably the greatest man I have ever known”—was assassinated, Grant’s military triumphs would ensure that the president’s principles of unity and freedom would endure.
Lee’s surrender at appomattox Court House, thus ending the bloodiest conflict on American soil. In grant takes command, catton offers readers an in-depth portrait of an extraordinary warrior and unparalleled military strategist whose brilliant battlefield leadership saved an endangered Union. This conclusion to bruce catton’s acclaimed history of General Grant begins in the summer of 1863.
In the spring of 1865, Grant finally forced Robert E. Grant and his leadership during the Civil War The New York Times Book Review.
Mr. Lincoln's Army Army of the Potomac Trilogy Book 1
Mcclellan’s weaknesses were exposed during the Battle of Antietam, the bloodiest day in American military history, which ended in a stalemate even though the Confederate troops were greatly outnumbered. After antietam, lincoln ordered mcclellan’s removal from command, and the Union entered the war’s next chapter having suffered thousands of casualties and with great uncertainty ahead.
Following the secession of the southern states, a beleaguered President Abraham Lincoln entrusted the dashing, charismatic McClellan with the creation of the Union’s Army of the Potomac and the responsibility of leading it to a swift and decisive victory against Robert E. A vivid account of the early battles, first in the Pulitzer Prize-winning trilogy: “One of America’s foremost Civil War authorities” Kirkus Reviews.
Although a brilliant tactician who was beloved by his troops and embraced by the hero-hungry North, McClellan’s ego and ambition ultimately put him at loggerheads with his commander in chief—a man McClellan considered unworthy of the presidency. With tremendous depth and insight, he presents legendary commanders and common soldiers in all their complex and heartbreaking humanity.
Lee’s army of Northern Virginia. Lincoln’s army is a riveting history of the early years of the Civil War, when a fledgling Union Army took its stumbling first steps under the command of the controversial general George McClellan. The first book in bruce catton’s Pulitzer Prize–winning Army of the Potomac Trilogy, Mr.
America’s premier chronicler of the nation’s brutal internecine conflict, Bruce Catton is renowned for his unparalleled ability to bring a detailed and vivid immediacy to Civil War battlefields and military strategy sessions.
Here, is the story of antietam, winner of the pulitzer prize and the National Book Award, in this essay by Bruce Catton, the first, major Civil-War battle fought on Northern soil and the bloodiest single-day clash in American history.