Friday, April 10, 2015

A stillness at Appomattox

Yesterday Scott Johnson at Power Line noted the 150th anniversary of Lee’s surrender to Grant at Appomattox and made a book recommendation that I strongly endorse:
.... Bruce Catton’s three-volume history of the Army of the Potomac concludes with Catton’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book A Stillness at Appomattox, published in 1954. It is one of the best histories I have ever read. ....
The book tells the story of Army of the Potomac during the final year of the Civil War. By the time I finished reading it, even though it didn’t take long, I felt as though I had lived and fought alongside the exhausted survivors of the devastating battles of that final year–emotionally spent, grateful to be alive, distraught over the carnage. What an utterly beautiful work of popular history it is.