A Stillness at Appomattox : The Army of the Potomac

  • by Bruce Catton
  • Narrated by Michael Kramer
  • Series: The Army of the Potomac
  • 15 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Undoubtedly Bruce Catton's most brilliant book, A Stillness at Appomattox won both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for excellence in nonfiction. Catton, our foremost Civil War historian, recounts the most spectacular conflicts between Grant and Lee and details the end of hope for the Confederacy. Utilizing various collections of unpublished letters written by soldiers, personal diaries of spouses and relatives, memoirs of soldiers and their families, and official war records, Catton follows Grant's campaigns from early 1864 to the end of the war, detailing many crucial battles along the way.

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Still a Classic of Civil War History!

Having not read the book in some 30+ years, I'd forgotten how smoothly the narrative runs. Mr. Kramer's reading was effortless! Listening to this tome was a pure joy. This must be at least the fourth time that I've read the book and new details leap out in the audio version. For those who haven't had the pleasure, the book reads like a good novel making one wonder how the Union managed to actually win the Civil War.

Catton manages to make all the participants human, warts and all. Many of Grant's mistakes are glossed over, particularly at Cold Harbor. Yet the overall circumstances of the dysfunctional command of the Army of the Potomac leaves one wondering how it lasted long enough for Grant to take overall command of all the Union Armies. Most people forget that Meade retained command of the Army of the Potomac and that Grant was in overall command of all Union Armies. Grant was coordinating the Armies of the James, the Potomac, the Shenandoah, the Tennessee, as well as Sherman's army moving through SC and NC. The political situation of 1864 cost the Union in thousands of dead and wounded due to the inability of Grant to relieve incompetent army and corps commanders.

The bravery and steadfastness of the common soldiers of both sides were incredible. It was only that bravery of the Union regiments that saved the Union in spite of their general officers. The common soldiers of both sides had more in common than they differed and it was that commonality that allowed the nation to eventually heal after Appomattox.

This is a must a listen for any student of the Civil War. It's only a shame that the 2 prequels are available!!
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- Chiefkent "chiefkent"

History comes alive

This is a classic, the story of Grant's command of the Union Army from the battle of the Wilderness to Lee's surrender at Appomattox. Catton's command of the language combined with his knowledge of history combine for a very enjoyable book, wonderfully narrated by Michael Kramer the book takes on even greater dimensions. If you enjoy history you will enjoy this book.
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- Colvin

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-01-2014
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio