The Civil War, Vol. 2: Fredericksburg to Meridian

The Civil War, Vol. 2: Fredericksburg to Meridian

Shelby Foote / Sep 16, 2019

The Civil War Vol Fredericksburg to Meridian A narrative history of the American Civil War which covers not only the battles and the troop movements but also the social background that brought on the war and led in the end to the South s defe

  • Title: The Civil War, Vol. 2: Fredericksburg to Meridian
  • Author: Shelby Foote
  • ISBN: 9780394746210
  • Page: 369
  • Format: Paperback
  • A narrative history of the American Civil War, which covers not only the battles and the troop movements but also the social background that brought on the war and led, in the end, to the South s defeat.

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      • 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 was relatively unknown to the general public for most of his career until his appearance in Ken Burns s PBS documentary The Civil War in 1990, where he introduced a generation of Americans to a war that he believed was central to all our lives.


    1. This second in Foote’s trilogy of the war is a vast doorway into the stories of a myriad of people managing and perpetrating the American Civil War for most of the year 1863. Starting with Robert E. Lee’s Confederate successes in Virginia against Ambrose Burnside in Fredericksburg (Dec. 1862) and against Joe Hooker at Chancellorville in the Spring, the year proceeds toward a major turning of tables with Meade’s victory over Lee at Gettysburg in Pennsylvania and U.S. Grant’s final taking [...]

    2. I took me three months to read the almost one thousand pages of The Civil War, Vol. 2: Fredericksburg to Meridian, the second volume in Shelby Foote’s trilogy. It was a great read considering all the battles minutely analyzed, and the many actors depicted and portrayed. Foote's marvelous narrative made this reading a real enjoyment. As in the first book, here Foote once again presents a detailed analyses of the political climate both in the North and the South, discusses the difficulties and c [...]

    3. As we finished the second volume in this trilogy on the Civil War I wondered who/what I am most amazed by: the War in all its many complexities which tore our nation apart, the man who wrote this book over 50 years ago when he was still in his 40s, or the incredible people (north and south) who fought, struggled, suffered and died for so many different reasons. The author, Shelby Foote, who died in 2005, believed that this war was central to us as Americans. As my husband and I listened to this [...]

    4. When I started Vol. 1, I said I wanted books that took up years of my life. The first one didn’t quite— it took less than three months— but now the second one has filled that bill. And I couldn’t ask for a better one to take up that time.

    5. Ever since I first came across the works of Bruce Catton in my teens, I have been an aficionado of the American Civil War. So much concentrated slaughter among peoples who resembled one another so much! Also, so many lessons to be learned about the arts of leadership, and what happens when they are lacking -- as in all but the last general in charge of the Army of the Potomac!This is the second volume of three of historian Shelby Foote's The Civil War: A Narrative. Nestled away in the "Bibliogra [...]

    6. Shelby Foote continues to use his great narrative style to full effect in this, his second in the series of Civil War histories. This volume mostly covers the events of 1863, although the books in this series are not designed to start and stop according to precisely equivalent calendar time frames. Volume I ended after the bloodbath of Antietam (Sharpsburg) in the fall of 1862. Volume II takes up with events following the removal of the American commander, George McClellan, and replacement by Ge [...]

    7. Volume 2 takes us up to the point where Grant is made lieutenant general in charge of the entire Army. By this time, the North's superior resources are beginning to take their toll on the South.As with volume 1, volume 2 is primarily concerned with troop movement and battles. One criticism I have of both volumes 1 and 2 is the lack of dates. There are PLENTY of dates during the description of the multi day battle at Gettysburg, but dates again disappear thereafter. Interestingly enough, the sect [...]

    8. Many of my earlier comments with respect to The Civil War, Vol. 1: Fort Sumter to Perryville apply, although Foote's cultural awareness is clearly developing in response to the height of the Civil Rights movement during which this second volume was written--evident in a wry note of thanks in the Acknowledgments to the governors of Alabama, Mississippi, and Arkansas, whose heavy-handed stances against desegregation helped temper his natural Southern sympathies. This installment covers the period [...]

    9. Volume II of the this definitive history of the war deals with the period from the spring of 1863 to early 1864. The first part of the book covers the Union siege of Vicksburg in the West by Grant and the battle of Gettysburg in the East. In taking Vicksburg Grant gains an enormous victory. At Gettysburg a newly appointed General Meade defeated Lee's army when Lee made the mistake of attacking entrenched Union forces with too few men to hope to succeed. Lee was gambling if he could win the day, [...]

    10. God I love Shelby FooteThe Civil War Trilogy is not a project or light read, it's a commitment. The second volume is 967 pages, about 100 more than volume one. The first two have been exhaustively researched and detailed, and Mr. Foote's ability to tell a story is wonderful. This is not just a compendium of facts and troop movements, it's a real, living breathing account of the men who fought this war. From the men on the line to the generals to the presidents, you are there, you feel what they [...]

    11. This second volume is as good as the first, especially since it covers some of the most dramatic battles of the Civil War: Gettysburg, Chickamauga, and Chancellorsville. Shelby Foote's writing is as good as ever. My favorite passages from this book: "What mainly distinguished the conflict from the outset was its fury. An Alabamian described the racket as 'one solid, unbroken wave of awe-inspiring sound if all the fires of earth and hell had been turned loose in one mighty effort to destroy each [...]

    12. I have never enjoyed reading anything more in my life. This is a Homeric telling of America's 2nd revolution. The author is biased towards the south, and he fails to adequately incorporate the political developments of the time into his account. He also worships the wrong hero: Jefferson Davis rather than Abe Lincoln. But the Civil War is the story of the south more than the north, and its being told by a southern partisan is thus fitting. No one has ever researched a topic more thoroughly. No o [...]

    13. My intention was to read the entire three volumes of Shelby Foote again during the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. That may yet happen, but as we approach the anniversary of the battle of Gettysburg I chose to read "The Stars in Their Courses" which is a small volume extracting the middle chapter of the middle volume of this giant work. This is the best discussion of the military actions at Gettysburg and you can feel which parts influence Michael Sharaa's "The Killer An [...]

    14. No drop off at all in volume 2 of the series, and did not disappoint. In fact, the material is pure war topics, without the precursor material found in Volume 1. Foote's narrative style draws me even deeper in, and I'm very fascinated how objective he is, when I was expecting a much more Southern perspective. And still I think Foote offers the Southern side objectively, that I think was probably missing in epic series (i.e. Catton) like this done that were done in his time. LOVED page 719's acco [...]

    15. Foote's novelistic history of the war is well worth the (considerable) time commitment. There are more scholarly works out there, and there are more readable (shorter) works out there, but I'm not aware of any other book that combine's the exhaustive coverage of the whole war with a novelistic style that keeps you going through the whole, long, dragging misery of the 1860s.

    16. Foote's writing falls in an odd spot between history and entertainment; I guess that made him an obvious choice for his role in the Ken Burns Civil War documentary. Foote writes wonderfully, and though his status as a mid-century Southern white man shines through every word he does not indulge sectionalist perspectives the way many of the contemporaries did. As far as I know, Foote's telling of the major facts and events is still considered accurate and probably no one has done a better job of h [...]

    17. Political:Jefferson davis’s tour of western theater of army of tenn (bragg) and army of miss (pemberton) in December 1862, overarching goal defense of Mississippi riverLincoln’s Cabinet battles and neutralizing designs of Chase on higher office, ally in loyalty of Secretary of State SewardFood shortages in South and Bread Riot in RichmondInternal dissent in both Union and Confederacy during the warLincoln’s plan to re-integrate south with puppet governments whereby 10% of citizenry must sw [...]

    18. Foote's first volume was very much about Davis, McClellan, and Lee. Lincoln was obviously featured but not as prominently except insofar as he had to deal with McClellan. This second volume sees McClellan ousted and Lincoln now struggling to find a general. I love Lincoln, but man was he a meddler. We collectively consider his wartime leadership "brilliant" but that's only because he won. In his role as Commander in Chief he was quixotic, random, arbitrary, and as mentioned, ridiculously meddles [...]

    19. Three months into 2017, and I'm already two-thirds of the way through Shelby Foote's 3-volume narrative, and one-sixth of the way through my 2017 goal of reading a cherrypicked selection from the New York Times Civil War Books List! If only clinics weren't looming ahead, I might actually make it. Like the first volume, this is an excellent book by any standard, and there is a good reason why it continues to grace library shelves and reading lists fifty years after it was written. Foote's prose i [...]

    20. Tragedy and Hope Take RootWith this middle volume the magnitude of the Civil War sank in. So many miles, so many men, and so many graves. The year 1863 proves to be the turning point, as this work artfully shows, and with it comes a profound sense of the tremendous cost paid, as Foote is fond of saying, to the butcher. In this installment, we see Grant emerge as the answer to Lincoln's prayers and equal in the West to Lee in the East. What is also evident that the war will end in conquest not ne [...]

    21. This is the definitive history of the definitive year of the Civil War. Foote was a great writer who examines each battle in detail. I skipped a few parts that were not part of the big events. One "drawback" is the extent to which General Lee is glorified, and the Southern forces as somehow tougher and their cause legitimate. The fact was that the Union forces were led by generals who were not up to par, until Grant and Sherman took over. Also, most of the fighting was in the South, where these [...]

    22. This series seem more like a single large book, split up into multiple volumes because it would be impossible to hold otherwise, so I do not have much to add to what I gushed after finishing the first volume.I will say that as Foote described Pickett's charge, about half-way through this book and, as the second of three volumes, half-way through the series, I had already consumed more of Foote's prose than any other author and I felt as rapt and engaged as I had 80 hours hours ago.Foote's genius [...]

    23. Struggled through Vol. 1 and finally finished it, despite the lack of important detail and clarity. I remember thinking I would appreciate it more if I knew more about the players. But that’s why I read—to know more, not to reinforce what I already know! Started Vol. 2 but I’m ⅓ of the way in and still not clear what’s going on where. I know there are better histories than this. I just feel guilty that I’ve owned this popular trilogy for so many years and never finished it. But I giv [...]

    24. Brilliant!A keen insight into the relationships between Gettysburg and Vicksburg. I had not realized how Lee’s convincing of Davis and his cabinet that invading the North would save Vicksburg. Instead, Lee is defeated AND Vicksburg falls. Two major defeats for the South instead of one Victory.

    25. I've been reading this on and off since I got it and finally finished it.mi have learned more than I ever thought possible and I never want to read this again. Yep. Masterfully Boone, but holy does it take commitment. I'm done.

    26. This book goes fast because it's a thrilling story with memorable characters. However if you're not an American then it's going to be hard to follow. The book features several set piece battles including Gettysburg, Missionary Ridge and Chancellorsville.

    27. Such a real treatI love wallowing in Shelby Foote's deep scholarship mixed with his true literary genius. Do yourself a favor and read Foote.

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