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A Stillness at Appomattox (1953) is an award-winning, non-fiction book written by Bruce Catton. It recounts the American Civil War's final year, describing the campaigns of Ulysses S. Grant in Virginia during 1864 to the end of the war in 1865.

A Stillness at Appomattox (1953) is an award-winning, non-fiction book written by Bruce Catton. It is the final volume of the Army of the Potomac trilogy that includes Mr. Lincoln's Army (1951) and Glory Road (1952).

A Stillness at Appomattox. has been added to your Cart. Now, 55 years later, I have just finished rereading the trilogy - and these three books are just as great as I remember them to be!

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A Stillness at Appomattox book. Mr. Catton has combined historical accuracy with poetic. As a storyteller, Catton makes particularly his own the weariness of the men. They hiked rough country blindly at night, during the day launched and repelled savage assaults, all for an entire Somme-like month-May to early June 1864-at the end of which everyone who hadn’t been shot was mad or nearly so with shell-shocked fatigue.

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Some of the men could sit up, and empty ammunition boxes were supplied for them to sit on, so that sometimes six or ten could ride in one wagon. It was quickly discovered that men took up less room if they lay on their sides than they required when they lay on their backs, so the leg cases were grouped accordingly: if each man in an ambulance had lost his right leg, each man could lie on his left side-for however many terrible hours the trip might last-and they could.

In this final volume of the Army of the Potomac Trilogy, Catton, America's foremost Civil War historian, takes the reader through the battles of the Wilderness, the Bloody Angle, Cold Harbot, the Crater, 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.

A Stillness at Appomattox" won the National Book Award in 1954 for distinguished non-fiction history literature. The citation of the award reads:::"Mr. Catton has combined historical accuracy with poetic insight to present the story of the Army of the Potomac in the final year of the Civil War.

A Stillness at Appomattox (1953) is an award-winning, non-fiction book written by Bruce Catton

A Stillness at Appomattox (1953) is an award-winning, non-fiction book written by Bruce Catton. It is the final volume of the Army of the Potomac trilo. Charles Bruce Catton was an American historian and journalist, known best for his books concerning the American Civil War. Known as a narrative historian, Catton specialized in popular history, featuring interesting characters and historical vignettes, in addition to the basic facts, dates, and analyses.

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An historical account of the final year of the Civil War and the surrender at Appomattox
  • Valawye
Catton stands out as another American journalist-historian who transcends his peers, as he deftly tells the events of the 1862 campaigns, largely from a Northern perspective. I can't probably add much to Catton's sparkling reputation with this review, so I'll be brief. I am a long-time military history buff, but this was my first encounter with his work.

First, Catton relates well the battlefield experience. Of course, this is what it must have seemed like to him, and to his readers, 100 years or more later. Even so, by relying on memoirs and letters, Catton captures the smoke, confusion, and horror of battle with color and human insight that makes this book stand out even today.

Second, Catton also describes with much understanding the relationship between McClellan, the Army of the Potomac, and Lincoln. The men loved McClellan, whose panache reminded them of that first blush of glory when they enlisted, of that boyhood war they wanted it to be. From the Peninsula to Antietam, Catton explains how this army became Lincoln's army, how Mac and the army grew apart after Antietam and the Emancipation Proclamation. In 1862, the North's approach transformed from the softer touch to the South advocated by McClellan to the no-holds-barred, hard-hearted war that Lincoln wanted and knew it had to become.

Catton tells this story as a human drama, more emotional than as a purely rational, factual exercise. In doing so, he achieves a fresh and memorable take on history, especially this period.
  • Anasius
This is the first book of a trilogy by author Bruce Catton about the Civil War exploits of the Army of the Potomac. Its a wonderfully written account of the period from the summer after the start of the war (April 12, 1861) to when its first commander, George McClellan, was permanently relieved by President Lincoln on November 5, 1862. This period included the battles of Seven Pines, Seven Days, Second Manassas (Bull Run), South Mountain, and Antietam. Catton gives the reader a lot of insight into the personalities and capabilities of the commanders, the lives of the ordinary soldiers, the deposition and peculiarities of the various units, and the details and horrors of the fighting. It is a wonderful insight into that time and those events.
I'm embarrassed to say I was not familiar with Bruce Catton, who turns out to have been a renowned historian, Civil War expert, editor and author. This may be because the books were published between 1951 and 1953. Later, readers like me were drawn to authors such Shelby Foote. But Bruce Catton is just as good a writer. And he lived early enough to have listened as a boy to Civil War veterans tell their stories. His primary sources add a great deal of color and detail to his books. Catton won the Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He was also the first editor of American Heritage magazine. If you have any interest in American history, Bruce Catton should be on your list of authors. Highly recommended!
  • Deeroman
I first read this book, and the subsequent two books in Bruce Catton's American Civil War trilogy (which begins with Mr. Lincoln's Army), in high school at the suggestion of my all-time favorite teacher, the late Mr. Alvin Murphy, who taught American history at our school. Now, 55 years later, I have just finished rereading the trilogy - and these three books are just as great as I remember them to be! Bruce Catton is the gold standard of American civil war historians.
  • saafari
In this story of the final period of the war, we have passages graced by such lyrical quality it approaches poetic mastery. The author brings us ever so gradually to the conclusion of the Civil War. We move from the carnage of the Wilderness Campaign to the Bloody Angle assault to the battle for Petersburg and Richmond. This story envelops the reader with the overall sense of the brutality of the American Civil war. Bruce Caton tells this story with a clarity and mastery of the subject that brings the reader in almost as a witness. The descriptions of the men in their camps, the weather conditions on the battlefield, and descriptions of the sunsets after which men will die the following day approach the very best in the storytelling of the American Civil War.
I wanted to read a book by Bruce Caton, and, I enjoyed this final volume in the series. I know the way American history is taught leads many people to never pick up a book on this topic for the rest of their lives. It’s a shame that they never experienced Bruce Caton as a teacher.
I am rereading this wonderful series and after having read many, many other books on aspects of the Civil War I am convinced this is still the best of all! There may be an error or two--65 years of further research would guarantee that--but the story, oh, the story Catton tells. I love the way he works participants' personal observations into the military record, how he relates personal information and day-by-day soldier life amid his detailing of battles and strategies. The other two books in the series will get my rereading presently (Glory Road is, to me, the most effective of all his many books at explaining the politics and the change in the political structures and relationships resultant from the war).

Any Civil War student must read this series as a benchmark against which to measure all others.