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Shiloh, 1862 (Osprey Military Campaign) [Paperback]

James R. Arnold , David Chandler , Gerry Embleton
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25 Sep 1998 Osprey Military Campaign (Book 54)
The first major battle in the Western theatre of the American Civil War (1861-1865), Shiloh came as a horrifying shock to both the American public and those in arms. For the first time they had some idea of the terrible price that would be paid for the preservation of the Union. On 6 April 1862 General Albert Sidney Johnston caught Grant and Sherman by surprise and very nearly drove them into the River Tennessee, but was mortally wounded in the process. Somehow Grant and Sherman hung on and the next day managed to drive back the hordes of grey-clad rebels.

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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing; 1st Edition edition (25 Sep 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 185532606X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1855326064
  • Product Dimensions: 24.9 x 18.6 x 0.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 736,531 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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James R. Arnold is an established author who has contributed to numerous military publications. James spent his formative years in Europe and used the opportunity to study the sites of historic battlefields. He has many published books to his credit, covering topics such as the Napoleonic campaigns and the battles and armies of the American Civil War. James lives in Virginia, USA.

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In the third week of January 1862, Johnston sent his superiors in Richmond an urgent dispatch: 'All the resources of the Confederacy are now needed for the defence of Tennessee.' Read the first page
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read 16 May 2014
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Seemed a good account of the Battle. Interesting and well written. Mindyou I have not read any other accounts but seemed balanced and covered all aspects.
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Shiloh is a battle renowned for many reasons. Starting on 6th April 1862, its high casualty rate and ferocity was possibly the first indication to the public on both sides of the heavy price to be paid in the Civil War. It marked the death of one of the potentially great confederate generals Albert Sydney Johnston, taught Grant very hard lessons in complacency, but also displayed his character and resolve in rectifying matters. It was here that arguably Sherman also began to display his own leadership qualities.
There are many good books dealing with Shiloh, but this version bears to Osprey hallmarks; compact so not daunting for someone new to either this war or particular engagement; detailed order of battle for both sides, clear and informative maps for the crucial stages, and a concise account of the build-up, action and aftermath. There are also the wealth of photos and contemporary illustrations of officers, men and locations which give the reader a good feel for the time and the place. The illustrations by the Perry brothers do merit a separate mention, these are filled with atmosphere and animation, in particular the detail upon the faces and poses of the individuals.; `On the Road To Shiloh' is an distinctive and sombre indication of men struggling in the pouring rain to haul wagons and march across a water barrier, `I Want No Slacking Now' records confederate general Braxton's Bragg's unsympathetic admonishment to a regiment which had already charged twice into union fire; the expressions of exhaustions, despair and distain upon the various survivors are brilliant representations of the horrors soldiers face; the image of one man slumped cross-legged head in hands is particularly arresting.
I expect readers with a more detailed knowledge of the battle might find issue with some of this work but as an introduction or an addition to a collection this volume (my copy was published in 1998) is one worthy of consideration.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent summary on the battle of Shiloh 1 Jun 1999
By Melvin Williams - Published on
This book manages to explain in simple terms the complex struggle at Shiloh without going over the layperson's head. The illustrations are excellent and useful. It is one of the best books in the Osprey Campaign series I have read to date. The author goes into logical detail about the events before during and after the battle and keeps an exciting pace. I highly recommend this title to anyone interested in the battle of Shiloh. It is good enough to stand alone or as an excellent addition to the Campaign series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Concise and informative 10 Nov 1998
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Fans of the Osprey Campaign series will enjoy this volume. The writing is clear and there are good maps. Unlike many Civil War books were are little more than a ctalog of the actions of individual regiments, the author gives a good view of the big picture of the battle, and how it helped Grant rise to prominence, as well as a good sprinkling of personal accounts by participants.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Better than many of the Osprey Battle series 14 Mar 2007
By David W. Nicholas - Published on
The Osprey Battles series of books are always superbly illustrated and always short. This sometimes leads to books that are long on illustrations and short on anything else, especially text to explain what happened during the fighting. In some cases, the authors opt to pay attention, in detail, to some portion of the fighting, and leave everything else to another book. Here, the author can do that with some confidence: the battle was small enough that the fighting at the Hornet's nest and the counterattack on the second day can occupy much of the text without there being any misunderstanding of the course of the battle or its outcome.

I generally enjoy these books at least somewhat, though the thin text at some points is annoying. This one is better than most for the above reasons.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Shiloh 1862: The Death of Innocence (Osprey) 21 Jan 2012
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Shiloh 1862 The Death of Innocence by James R. Arnold
Illustrated by Alan Perry. (Osprey Series)

I have been a student of the Battle of Shiloh for several years. Most serious students of the American Civil War who have read the Osprey series of books will know that these (Osprey) are introductory books to the battles. From a textual point, this book it is great for beginners and gives a good overview of the battle. This does not mean it should not to be read by the devoted amateur historian. What this book lacks in battle detail, it more than makes up for with period photography not often found in other books. It also uses period illustrations to good effect. The modern illustrations by Alan Perry are very good and will help those new to the war and those who have studied it for many years enjoy the reading. The best points of this book are the excellent maps showing troop placements and movements in both overhead and perspective views. The perspective views give a good feel of the topography and lay of the land in an almost 3D image. Additionally, the maps show the progress of battle throughout the day. Although it can be found in most books on Shiloh, this one also has a very good Order of Battle of each of the armies that were present making it a good quick reference guide. If you want battle details to the regimental level this book may not be your choice, but it still has its merits. If you are a serious student of the Battle of Shiloh and detail is what you need, I recommend O. Edward Cunningham's dissertation, "Shiloh and the Western Campaign of 1862", Wiley Sword's "Shiloh: Bloody April" and Larry J. Daniel's "Shiloh". For those new to Shiloh wanting to learn of the events that took place 150 years ago, and to the old veteran student, this will be a good addition to your library.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Shock of Combat... 6 Nov 2012
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In March 1862, Union General Ulysses Grant, having penetrated deep into the Confederate state of Tennessee through his campaign against Forts Henry and Donelson, paused his army at Pittsburg Landing on the Tennessee River to consolidate his forces and provide training for his nearly raw troops. The Confederacy, alarmed at his progress, drew forces together under General Albert Sidney Johnston to restore the military balance in Tennessee. On 06 April, 1862, Johnston's army surprised Grant's forces at Pittsburg Landing, triggering the savage and bloody two-day Battle of Shiloh.

"Shiloh 1862" has the standard Osprey Campaign format, with an introduction; a review of the opposing commanders, their forces, and plans; and a concise narrative of the battle. There is an excellent selection of period photographs and illustrations, and some nice maps and graphics that break down the sequence of the fighting. Author James Arnold's account brings out the tenacity of the soldiers on both sides who, despite a lack of training and experience, put up one hell of fight in what turned out to be a bloody brawl. Arnold's analysis shows the battle could have gone either way; victory went to the side that refused to admit defeat.

"Shiloh 1862" is highly recommended to the general reader with an interest in the battle. The book may interest students of the Civil War as an example of how a number of generals who would become prominent leaders still had to learn their business through painful experience.
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