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  • Paperback
  • 240 pages
  • Shiloh
  • Shelby Foote
  • English
  • 07 October 2018
  • 9780679735427

10 thoughts on “Shiloh

  1. says:

    Told through the eyes of several fictitious soldiers, representing both sides of the conflict, Shiloh reads like non fiction Shelby Foote has created the men, but the events and the circumstances are as genuine as they could possibly be, and the major figures of the battle, Johnston, Sherman, Wallace, Forest are there, exactly as they were in life, and the words they say are not put into their mouths but come from first hand accounts and memoirs.If you can bear it, this is a way to see the battle as it occurred Foote engages all of your senses, you not only see the battle, you smell it, taste it, feel it, and hear it It swells around you and shakes the earth you are standing on No wonder Ken Burns drafted Shelby Foote for his Civil War series, Shelby Foote had already mastered the exact method Burns employed for pulling the viewer reader onto the battlefield At one point I saw a reb and a Union man lying on opposite sides of the road, both in the standard prone position for firing Their rifles were level and they both had one eye shut They had the same wound, a neat red hole in the forehead, and they were stone dead, still lying there with the sights lined up they must have fired at the same time Looking at them I thought of the terrible urgency they both must have felt in the last half second before they both pulled trigger.And, no one understands the South better than Foote He sees it with love, I believe, but without sentiment I remember what my father had said about the South bearing within itself the seeds of defeat, the Confederacy being conceived already moribund We were sick from an old malady, he said incurable romanticism and misplaced chivalry, too much Walter Scott and Dumas read too seriously We were in love with the past, he said in love with death.Perhaps this explains why I feel so connected to the Civil War still after all, I love Scott and Dumas A footnote that makes no difference but gave me delight one of the men mentioned by name was Burt Tapley of Mississippi Tapley happens to be a family name, so I wondered if this was just a coincidence, destined to make me feel a bit closer to the action, or if this man was a name gleaned from the record and a possible ancestor who saw the action first hand.


  2. says:

    I read this as part of my research for a series on West Point graduates in the Civil War I remember Shelby Foote from his appearances on Ken Burns Civil War mini series which I ve watched untold number of times Shiloh was a particularly bloody battle and Foote captures the feelings and essence of it What s most unique about this book is how he changes point of view from the various soldiers on both sides You truly get a feeling for it.Visiting the battlefield a couple of years ago, it was interesting to compare scenes in the book with the actual terrain How the sunken road wasn t really sunken How small bloody pond is One thing that intrigued me walking the terrain and as a military man, was contemplating what would have happened had the South s battle plan unfolded as they wanted The terrain near the TN River was not advantageous for an assault In essence this battle became a bloody slugfest, portending, as Foote says in the mini series, what many battles in the Civil War would become.As a West Point graduate it struck me when we had to memorize a piece of plebe trivia in 55 of 60 battles in the Civil War, West Pointers commanded both sides One side in the remaining 5 That fascinated me so much over the years I wrote my own first trilogy that leads up to Shiloh in the third book BTW first book, West Point to Mexico, is free on Kindle 3 3 2014 to 3 7 2014 I find it amazing that these men who sat next to each other in class, sweated next to each other in training, then fought against each other to such extremes.


  3. says:

    If you like Shelby Foote the man, his slow Southern drawl, his humor and scholarship all wrapped up in one, you ll like this book Truth and beauty at their single hearted best Books like this make my heart beat faster, they take my breath away.


  4. says:

    Shelby Foote s novel Shiloh was published in 1952, but Civil War aficionados will notice a striking technical similarity to Michael Shaara s 1974 Gettysburg novel The Killer Angels Since Foote belatedly gained his largest audience after his participation in Ken Burns Civil War series in 1990, many readers will have experienced Shaara s novel first Both recreate the events of major Civil War battles through shifting, multiple narrators, with Shaara s focused on the broader historical record, relying on tactical maps and the subjective insights of military leaders such as Lee and Chamberlain Foote s work is self consciously literary, as rank and file soldiers on both sides describe a chaotic battle that degenerated into shocking brutally Reminiscences are modulated by personality, background, and the period of the battle experienced each narrator comments on a specific sequence of the action, which is ultimately rendered as a series of incomplete, if contiguous, impressions For that reason, Foote s work may be closer to the elusive truth of combat experience As one Union soldier comments, echoing the author s likely credo Books about war were written to be read by God Almighty, because no one but God ever saw it that way A book about war to be read by men ought to tell what each saw in our own little corner Shiloh is a work of imaginative fiction that relies on the evocative power of its medium readers seeking a comprehensive account of the battle will need to refer to other sources For those who remember Foote as the amiable, mellifluous southern storyteller and historian of Burns documentary, Shiloh confirms a literary prowess that was admired by peers such as Walker Percy and William Faulkner.


  5. says:

    The battle of Shiloh was fought early in the war, the troops were undisciplined, the terrain difficult due to creeks, swamps, underbrush and deadfalls Foote captures all of these details, and , in a relatively short book For a historical novel, that can be a bit dicey, since the novelist is wrapping a lot of details in some fictional gauze At points, historical details can start to poke through, shredding the intended fiction This occurs a few times in Shiloh, but Foote s a fine writer, and for the most part the novel works due to his method of storytelling via a number of voices both North and South at various times and places during the battle These voices can be uneven, and not always distinct as you might find in a Faulkner novel But when one clicks as with Sgt Jefferson Polly, with Forrest s Calvary , you are captured by the drama of this crazy battle, which was essentially a two day long infantry charge The South won day one, the North won day two and thus the battle But the war would go on, and guys like Grant, Sherman, and Forrest were in it for the long haul 200 Recruits Wanted I will receive 200 able men if they will present themselves at my headquarters by the first of June with good horse and gun I wish none but those who desire to be actively engaged Come on, boys, if you want a heap of fun and to kill some Yankees.N.B ForrestColonel, CommandingForrest s Regiment


  6. says:

    I was introduced to this book almost 50 years ago, when I was at a summer program for teenagers at the University of Rhode Island I cannot say today that I enjoyed it, for after having just read it now, I do not see how I could have understood much of it.It is hard to fathom that Foote s fictionalized battle of Shiloh appeared almost 60 years ago But Foote had been in World War II and he was writing for a generation that had lived through that war Looking back on the umpteen war novels I have read since then, it is clear how pioneering Foote was in this genre The Young Lions and Battle Cry came out shortly before or after Shiloh, but they were World War II novels written in the idiom of the time Shiloh is written in the plainer English we associate with Civil War diaries.I somehow missed out on the Ken Burns hoopla of almost 20 years ago, a phenomenon that brought Foote out of relative obscurity Having re read Shiloh, I want to go an get Burn s Civil War documentary and see what I missed.


  7. says:

    I read the first volume of Foote s The Civil War A Narrative earlier this year and was stunned by what a titanic work it was, not just in its scope but in its detail and propulsive readability on every single page After a quick reread to refresh myself on the progression of the war up to the end of the first volume I ll be diving into the second volume and I thought reading this relatively short novel would be a good way to whet my appetite It did, but not particularly in the way I had imagined It was certainly a mix of the good and the not so good, although still easily enjoyable on the whole.If you re not an ACW nerd you re probably not aware of the minutiae of the battle, and probably don t care which is fair All you really need to know is that it was early in the war, and resulted from a Confederate surprise attack on the Union camp, which had its back to the Tennessee river A couple things make this battle particularly notable among all the terrifying bloodbaths of the war it set the standard for the rest of the engagements of the war in terms of brutality, easily overshadowing Bull Run it was the first instance of the Grant Sherman team that would be so successful later in the war working together and it saw the death of Confederate General Albert Sidney Johnston, the highest ranking officer killed during the war.So Foote has very potent stuff to work with here in a dramatic fictional telling of the battle Unfortunately, I didn t enjoy this book as much as I thought I would The initial thing I had to come to grips with was the radical change in style from his trilogy In said trilogy, he has a great mix of unpretentious eloquence and clarity, which is an ease and a pleasure to read In Shiloh, there is a marked difference You seriously could almost think you were reading a Faulkner, McCarthy or Hemingway novel It s very much in the macho ME RUGGED YET LITERATE AMERICAN vein I don t mind the style Faulkner baffles me but I do like McCarthy and Hemingway, but it just didn t work for me in Foote s hands I was just expecting the guy from the Narrative books, not this no punctuation, clipped sentences character.One thing I did enjoy was the book being based from the perspective of the grunts When we talk about the war, we too often get obsessed with the larger than life figures like Lee, Jackson, Grant, etc While I do love reading about their personalities and how they affected the way these men thought and fought, it cannot be denied that these men did not actually fight in the war They were not in the front facing down vast lines of cracking, spitting rifles and the sudden death of artillery fire Foote does these men a great service by making the entire book about them when the Generals are involved, it s so we know about how these men viewed their commanders Unfortunately, this style didn t reach its full potential for me The book several different men and their points of view, and is too short to really get to know them They re clearly vulnerable, human characters but we just don t get enough time with them I think a dramatis personae of three or four might be appropriate.This book is certainly worth reading, if only to get a glimpse of what it might be like to be someone caught in a maelstrom of confusion and noise, every second that passes pregnant with the possibility of death or wounding Most of these men certainly deserve to have their story told, and not just as tiny chess pieces in the horrible game the politicians and generals played Also, this is not really a valid criticism of the work but I m already fucking sick of Foote s hero worshipping of Nathan Bedford Forrest I honestly don t get it The dude could be an impressive cavalry officer but only because dorks like Jeb Stuart were running around goofing off the whole time in contrast I just don t wanna read about how awesome someone who was involved with Fort Pillow and the early KKK was That said, I do honestly believe Foote s claim at the end of the first Narrative book that he made an honest effort to remain impartial, and when he didn t it was due to a sentimental affection for the underdog.


  8. says:

    Shelby Foote is the author of the magnificent three volume The Civil War A Narrative He also wrote a historical novel about the Battle of Shiloh with Shiloh This is a pointillist work, looking at the battle from the point of view of four Confederate and three Union participants, based on actual historical records There are interesting portraits of Albert Sidney Johnston killed early in the battle , Ulysses S Grant, William Tecumseh Sherman, and most of all Nathan Bedford Forrest, the most brilliant cavalry commander on either side during the Civil War.


  9. says:

    Beautifully written given the nature of the subject Foote has such great command of the written word His writing alone has convinced me to read of his work as this was my first time reading him.I m glad this wasn t a larger novel because after the fifth chapter I felt I was reading the same story over again The story is told by seven different characters, one from the Confederacy and then one from the Union All seven soldiers were remarkably the same person Maybe that was the way Foote wanted it The war was fought by Americans against Americans.


  10. says:

    This is a classic Civil War novel, and I thought that it lived up to that reputation According to Foote, he wrote this novel with the battle itself as the protagonist, and the characters in the story are combatants from both sides, ranging from lowly privates who are still wet behind the ears to high ranking officers.The novel consists of some fictional characters, but the author a renowned historian of the Civil War uses diaries and official histories particularly where historical participants are involved to recreate dialogue and action Foote interweaves the personal wars of the fictional characters with vivid descriptions of the carnage, and the descriptions of the weather and the conditions of the field of battle make the reader feel almost as if he or she is actually there But he doesn t glorify war or battle instead, he describes the pain and death and horror vividly but not graphically and makes the reader glad that time and distance separates him her from the actions described.Shiloh a Hebrew word meaning peace was named for a small chapel near the field of battle, and in an interview with Foote from 1999, he says that the field is very well preserved, and aside from some granite monuments, it is very much preserved about the way it was in 1862 when the battle took place, particularly if one visits in early April.The impact of the battle was significant, even if the location was not The rebels were trying to retake the initiative after some setbacks in Kentucky and Tennessee, and they had Sherman s forces pinned between two creeks with their backs to the Tennessee River and had the element of surprise However, Albert Sidney Johnston, the general hand picked by Jefferson Davis to lead the Confederate armed forces, was killed in the battle Further, in gathering troops for this battle, many of the reserves were recruited from places like New Orleans and Pensacola, and these cities were not able to muster sufficient forces later in the war to defend themselves from the onslaught of Union troops.I highly recommend this novel to anyone interested in the American Civil War or even just to see the way a superb novel of war should be written.


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About the Author: Shelby Foote

Shelby Dade Foote, Jr was an American novelist and a noted historian of the American Civil War, writing a massive, three volume history of the war entitled The Civil War A Narrative With geographic and cultural roots in the Mississippi Delta, Foote s life and writing paralleled the radical shift from the agrarian planter system of the Old South to the Civil Rights era of the New South Foote wa