Shiloh, 1862 by Winston Groom

Shiloh, 1862

Offers a detailed account of the Battle of Shiloh, a turning point when both the Union and the Confederacy realized the grand scale of the conflict, the large number of casualties to be expected, and that the war would not end quickly.

Details Shiloh, 1862

TitleShiloh, 1862
Release DateMar 20th, 2012
PublisherNational Geographic Society
GenreMilitary History, Civil War, History, Nonfiction, North American Hi..., American History, American Civil War, War, Military Fiction, Military

Reviews Shiloh, 1862

  • Lawyer
    Shiloh, 1862: Winston Groom's history of the battle of Shiloh The Hornet's Nest,"War means fightin'. Fightin' means killin'."--Nathan Bedford ForrestI'll be the first to admit as much of it as I have read, some military histories can be duller than dishwater. There are authors of that vast genre that I avoid for that reason. But Winston Groom doesn't fall into that category.Although I first came to appreciate Groom as a novelist, I've come to adm...
  • Mike
    Until Sunday, April 6th, 1862 the Union and Confederate forces had fought several battles but neither side had an inkling of how much blood would be demanded to rid our country of the scourge of slavery. After Shiloh, the butcher’s bill would become clear. The nation will pay dearly. From a Union colonel who fought on that day: In his diary, Camm had written, “April 6th. Began with a bright, beautiful morning. The trees were budding, the bird...
  • George
    an extremely well written account of what was the bloodiest battle in American history, up to that point. More Americans died in that battle than in all of America's previous wars combined, and more than had died in the Civil War up to that point. Unfortunately, Antietam eventually took that honor, which it retains to this day. The book is intended for a general audience, rather than for dyed in the wool Civil War buffs. So, there's a great deal ...
  • happy
    I've read several of Groom's histories and I really like his writing style. Very informative, but most if not all civil war buffs probably won't learn much new. I like way he uses the memoirs and diaries of several people (both low and high ranking) as the backbone of the story and I think it is very effective, for me at least. Also Groom doesn't just tell the story of those two days in April, he traces how both Armies got there. The actual descr...
  • Sean Chick
    Groom's Shiloh is by no means an exact blow by blow account of the battle. Rather it is a well written narrative that uses human stories of the participants to give a general account of the battle. It works as a readable narrative, although I am sure many scholars will take exception to its more traditional account focused on the Hornet's Nest and the fighting nearby. Still, this is a great introduction to the battle because Groom's writing draws...
  • Steven Peterson
    A number of good accounts of the bloody battle at Shiloh in the Civil War have been written. Authors whose books I have read and appreciated include: Larry Daniels, Wiley Sword, and Edward Cunningham. Do we need another book on the subject? I think that Winston Croom's book, "Shiloh 1862," makes its own contribution. It is not so much the original insights into the battle, but the literate rendering of the story and the human side of the battle t...
  • Derek Weese
    I really liked 'Shrouds of Glory' and 'A Storm in Flanders' by Winston Groom. I thought both books were excellent and both have earned 're-read' status which means I keep them. This one, however...Well, it was well written. Groom is a hell of a writer, and the book, if I had not already read many books on Shiloh, would have been wonderful. Sadly it failed to meet my exacting standards. And that's ok. Let me explain.Groom admitted he did not set o...
  • Sweetwilliam
    This book is as easy to read as Forest Gump. I am an avid history reader and I do enjoy most of the comprehensive and academic histories that I read. The challenge is to write a detailed history and not lose the reader. Winston Groom has proven once again that he can do this. I have read several accounts of the battle of Shiloh. It never ceases to amaze me is the magnitude and destructiveness of this battle. It was the first great blood bath of t...
  • Robert
    When I was 12, I started reading Bruce Catton's books on the Civil War. A few years ago, I read Jeff Sharah's novel on Gettysburg. That has been the extent of my reading about the Civil War. I was attracted to Mr. Groom's history of the battle Shiloh because of the role it played in the ascent of Grant's career. I found the book well written and brilliantly organized for the layperson with minimal background in the battles of the Civil War. I app...
  • Karen
    Lots of good historical context as well as clear explanations of how the battle unfolded. Keeps second-guessing and what-ifs to a minimum. Another great addition: accounts from civilians in the area as well the views of ordinary soldiers.
  • Angus McKeogh
    Groom’s approach of describing the battle in terms of memoirs, stories, diaries, and official records was great. And it’s flabbergasting how the Confederate Army was able to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory in this battle. Reminds me of an underdog sports team facing the New York Yankees. The Yankees can have 2 hits, face a no hitter until the ninth inning, commit 8 errors, and they’ll somehow squeak out a one run victory. The Confede...
  • Tom Emory Jr.
    Tom Emory, Jr. Review -- History books, to my way of thinking, are written in two styles: Woven and Patchwork Quilt. Woven works best on a single event because the author can move back-and-forth, in-and-out easily and tell the story in a chronological fashion. "Shiloh, 1862" is (again, to my way of thinking) written in a Patchwork Quilt manner. Author/Historian Winston Groom takes all the elements of this Civil War battle -- persons, personalitie...
  • Donna
    Being a Civil War buff, I'll read almost anything new that is published on the various battles. Groom's book takes a new look at the battle of Shiloh fought in April 1862--the first big battle of the Civil War. While primarily a military focus, Groom makes good use of diaries, letters and post-war memoirs to give life to individuals on the battle field. The intertwined emotions of fear and bravado come across clearly as men who have never been in...
  • Mark
    I found this book much better than A Blaze of Glory. In several places when Groom quoted various diaries I felt as if I was there. Great read!
  • Randal Burd
    This is a fascinating Civil War book focused entirely on bushwhackers and Confederate guerrilla warfare, including their interaction with regular troops on both sides of the war.
  • Caleb
    Groom tries here to be Shelby Foote and only succeeds sometimes. The book has a clunky beginning, but brought itself together in the second half.
  • Dale
    Although I am by no means a Civil War buff, I knew a little about Shiloh before I picked up this book. This is the third of Groom's histories I've read (Vicksburg, 1863 and The Aviators being the other two) and I am sold on both his scholarship and his writing. Because I knew the outline of the battle, I also knew that within these pages was infinite heartache, a heartache stretching beyond the 23,741 casualties that those two days of confused bu...
  • Zach Goldman
    I find battle-specific books to sometimes be heavy on details, names, and geography that can be hard to follow, but Winston Groom has laid out The Battle of Shiloh as best as I could have expected. Mr. Groom writes in the prologue that he tries to describe the events at Shiloh "to readers who are not necessarily the kind of Civil War buffs who dote on every minute detail and technical aspect." Indeed, casual readers of history shouldn't feel inti...
  • Anson Cassel Mills
    In his introduction, Winston Groom (b. 1943) makes clear that he is writing for the general reader rather than for the Civil War buff per se. Both a strength and a weakness of his approach is that a great deal of this well-written book is devoted to background, including a chapter on the causes of the Civil War, full expositions of the takings of Forts Henry and Donelson, and biographical introductions to all the major figures in the Shiloh story...
  • Peter C Lyon
    This is a marvelous book, debunking some of the decades-old myths of a battle which showed America that the civil war "got real."Groom has a clear, clean writing style that "zooms out" to the origins of the civil war and Shiloh's antecedents, "zooms in" to focus on key combatants and non-combatants, and "zooms out" again to discuss Shiloh's legacy.This event intrigued me since I was a youth. That "rebel yell" confederate attack through the mornin...
  • Brian
    I picked up this account of Shiloh prior to a visit to the battlefield. It happened to be the copy that the library had on hand. I liked the book as it does a good job of setting the context of the battle and hits all the major highlights. It did seem to be lacking something that I can't quite put my finger on. In hindsight I wish I would have tried one of the more highly recommended accounts such as: Shiloh and the Western Campaign of 1862, by O...
  • Douglas
    Good not great treatment of this amazing story. Almost feels like he gave up on the details of the battle and devoted too much to back story, biographies and journals. For example, the second day is told in very broad brush in about two pages. I recommend this book to other readers of the Civil War to add perspective to what they have already read. Not sure I'd recommend it as a first or early book to someone just getting started.
  • Neil Funsch
    If you like reading about the Civil War then you will enjoy this book. If you like reading about the Civil War you will already know some of the backstory as to the importance of the battle of Shiloh. This book is not a Military History Book which exhaustively covers the movements of Brigades and Regiments although it does a good job of giving the context for the battle and an understanding of the strategy and personalities involved on both sides...
  • John
    An outstanding book! Reads almost like an historical fiction, but was very well documented and presented. Maybe not quite as easy to read as Killer Angels (to me, one of the best of any books I've ever read) but very nearly there. Groom is really a great writer. I have enjoyed his fiction and non-fiction, and Forrest Gump is one of my favorite movies ever. I am going to visit Shiloh next week and am really looking forward to it, especially with t...
  • Kevin
    A well written, engaging history of the first major bloodbath of the Civil War. Well researched and presented. He does a great job showing the confusion of the battle, different leadership qualities, a bit of luck and commanders who were new to modern warfare. Well worth the read.
  • Eric J. Hartsfield
    Good storyOnce has Mr Groom has written an excellent account of an important battle of casualties the Civil War. Highly recommended.
  • Michelle Meyers
    Great readLoved it! Painted a scary picture, like an artist paintings detailed picture! A must read and very informative! Thank you
  • Robert Ruppert
    Excellent critical review of the generals, men, citizens and battle of Shiloh
  • Stephen
    A incredibly researched book with a style equal to the most compelling fiction novel.
  • Charles Moore
    I was interested in getting some details about the Battle of Shiloh because I thought I might go there this summer. Two years ago, I was fortunate enough to visit Monticello and Appomattox Court House and then this last spring I visited Gettysburg National Battlefield. Shiloh represents a horrific battle on the scale of Gettysburg but earlier in the war and here in Tennessee.Just barely in Tennessee. Shiloh and Savannah, Tennessee, where Grant ma...