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The Civil War: A Narrative: Volume 2: Fredericksburg to Meridian (1974)

by Shelby Foote

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Best intro to Civil War. ( )
  jerry-book | Jan 26, 2016 |
Reading Shelby Foote is a delight, especially when one has to suffer the bad grammar and poor sentence structure of modern authors. His way with words is quite refreshing.

I took to this book eagerly, after reading the excellent first volume of this trilogy. This one tended to drag in places, which was a bit disappointing. Nevertheless, the narrative of the battle of Gettysburg was peerless.

All told, worth a read. I am looking forward to plowing into volume 3. ( )
  oparaxenos | Nov 27, 2015 |
I read a few pages of Foote's masterpiece everyday and finished Volume 2. And Foote the master of the narrative never disappoints. His detail in coverage of the major and minor events of this war are always interesting and an absorbing read. And knowing it actually happened in our nations' past that so shaped what we have become is even more thrilling. On to Volume 3. ( )
  knightlight777 | Dec 2, 2014 |
Superlatives cannot describe this work. I've never enjoyed such a historical work more than this one. It is arguably the best work of its kind. You are transported to the events and become an involved observer of the horrific war that changed America forever. ( )
  JVioland | Jul 14, 2014 |
One of the best Civil War narratives I have ever read. Goes into amazing detail while remaining extremely interesting. A must read for any person interested in the Civil War. ( )
  ClanceyKid | Dec 28, 2011 |
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Epigraph
ALL THESE WERE HONOURED IN THEIR GENERATIONS
AND WERE THE GLORY OF THEIR TIMES

THERE BE OF THEM
THAT HAVE LEFT A NAME BEHIND THEM
THAT THEIR PRAISES MIGHT BE REPORTED

AND SOME THERE BE WHICH HAVE NO MEMORIAL
WHO ARE PERISHED AS THOUGH THEY HAD NEVER BEEN
AND ARE BECOME AS THOUGH THEY HAD NEVER BEEN BORN
AND THEIR CHILDREN AFTER THEM

BUT THESE WERE MERCIFUL MEN
WHOSE RIGHTEOUSNESS HATH NOT BEEN FORGOTTEN

WITH THEIR SEED SHALL CONTINUALLY REMAIN
A GOOD INHERITANCE
AND THEIR CHILDREN ARE WITHIN THE COVENANT

THEIR SEED STANDETH FAST
AND THEIR CHILDREN FOR THEIR SAKES

THEIR SEED SHALL REMAIN FOR EVER
AND THEIR GLORY SHALL NOT BE BLOTTED OUT

THEIR BODIES ARE BURIED IN PEACE
BUT THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE
Ecclesiasticus xliv
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"After an absence of nearly two years," Jefferson Davis told the legislators assembled under the golden dome of his home-state capitol on the day after Christmas, 1862 - twenty months and two weeks, to the day, since the guns of Charleston opened fire on Sumter to inaugurate the civil war no one could know was not yet halfway over - "I again find myself among those who, from the days of my childhood, have ever been the trusted objects of my affection, those for whose good I have ever striven and whose interests I have sometimes hoped I may have contributed to subserve...I left you to assume the duties which have devolved upon me as the representative of the new Confederacy."
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Let us cross over the river . . . and rest under the shade of the trees. (General Stonewall Jackson's dying words at Chancellorsville.)
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THE CIVIL WAR : A NARRATIVE has been published in 3 volumes, but has also been subdivided differently to be published in 9 volumes and even 14 volumes. Consequently, there are different works numbered "volume 2". This volume 2 is for the series as subdivided into 3 volumes, and covers the battles from Fredericksburg to Meridian.
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"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

"Gettysburg...is described with such meticulous attention to action, terrain, time, and the characters of the various commanders that I understand, at last, what happened in that battle.... 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

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