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|The neat thing about history is that it is always moving forward, building upon itself as the scholarship reveals previously unpublished or forgotten papers, letters or documents, or images.
Catton was one of the premiere historians of the 1950s, and for a boomer like me, one of the catalysts for my interest in the Civil War. His 'A Stillness at Appomattox' won a Pulitzer Prize, so somebody must have thought it was significant history. His trilogy on the Army of the Potomac ('Mr. Lincoln's Army,' 'Glory Road,' 'Stillness...') is still pretty good reading to this day, so I'm willing to cut him a little slack.