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

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Jan 26, 2011 - History - 1000 pages
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Focused on the pivotal year of 1863, the second volume of Shelby Foote’s masterful narrative history brings to life some of the most dramatic and important moments in the Civil War, including the Battle of Gettysburg and Grant’s Vicksburg campaign.
 
“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.” —The 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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Contents

The Longest Journey
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Unhappy New Year
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Death of a Soldier
Riot and Resurgence
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The Center Gives
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Spring Came on Forever
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List of MapsBibliographical Note

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The Beleaguered City
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Stars in Their Courses
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Unvexed to the Sea
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LIST OF MAPS
BIBLIOGRAPHICAL NOTE
COMPREHENSIVE TABLE OF CONTENTS
A NarrativeVolume I Fort Sumter to Perryville
A NarrativeVolume III Red River to Appomattox
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
ALSO AVAILABLE FROM THEVINTAGE CIVIL WAR LIBRARY
ALSO AVAILABLE BY SHELBY FOOTE
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About the author (2011)

Shelby Foote 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 Civil War documentary. 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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