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 Posted: Sat May 8th, 2010 09:47 pm
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Hey all, I was looking to get a book about the battle of Shiloh. I see there are many to choose from. Can anyone please recommend a good book? Thanks

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 Posted: Sun May 9th, 2010 01:02 am
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Hi. Try "Shiloh and the Western Campaign of 1862" by E. Cunningham. Edited by Joiner and Smith.

The rangers at Shiloh have used the thesis for years before it was published. 

Also Wiley Swords "'Shiloh Bloody April" is a classic and very detailed.

and..Larry Daniel's "Shiloh , the Battle that changed the Civil War" and MCDonough's "Shiloh, In Hell before Night" are good.

If you want a good overview with time lapse maps, Blue and Grays Shiloh first and second day issue magazine is great, if you can find one. 

Its currently being reprinted.

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 Posted: Sun May 9th, 2010 01:42 am
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Bet you can't read just one!

The ones browner mentioned are all good. You'd think one book would be enough. Sure, you'll learn about the battle, but each has differences and a different way to look at it. Get at least the first three if not all four.

The Cunningham book is probably the best, but it's not so much fun to read as Sword's. Or Daniels'. McDonough's might be more scholarly than Sword's and Daniels', but it's fairly dry as well.

Recommendation. Sword or Daniels first; then Cunningham. Everything else is seasoning the meatloaf.

Ole



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I liked the Cunningham book the best of all . It is one of my favorite books



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Howdy All,

thanks for recommendation.....I have tons of books on a lot of other stuff. Just couldn't make up my mind about Shiloh.....until now. Thanks



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So which did you choose?



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Howdy,

Im going with Cunningham's book....."Shiloh and the Western Campaign of 1862"

You all seem to like it.......might as well start with the best....:cool:

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I hope you like it as much as I did I got my copy at the bookstore in Shiloh and then talked my Civil War discussion group into reading it. Everyone seemed to enjoy the read.

Good reading .
Susan



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I have yet to finish the Cunningham book....it's been in my "to finish" pile for a couple of years...just wasn't what I was in the mood for at the time. The Daniels book is a pretty quick read but the narrative is a bit disjointed...I'll have to give Mr. C's book another shot in a few weeks...or perhaps before I return to Shiloh...whenever that is LOL.



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Capt.  Give it a go.  I really enjoyed reading it .  I felt like I was there observing what was going on .  The little things that are mentioned make it so real.  The soldier who put violets in his hat.  Cleburne falling in the mud , the musican that lost his hands . Amazing little stories all tied together .

Susan



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Susan.........Im getting my Amazon list together and will be soon ordering my book. From what all of you have said, I cant wait till gets here. I've been to Shiloh once and was impressed with the stories we heard while there. Im planning on going back next year and I definitely want to read up on the battle before we go. This is a great start.

Thanks

Marty+_

Last edited on Wed May 12th, 2010 04:54 pm by Old Sorrel



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