The Civil War by Shelby Foote
A Narrative: Volume 2: Fredericksburg to Meridian (Vintage Civil War Library)

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 2 Critic Reviews



Focused on the pivotal year of 1863, the second volume of Shelby Foote’s masterful narrative history brings to life some of the most dramatic and important moments in the Civil War, including the Battle of Gettysburg and Grant’s Vicksburg campaign.
“Foote has an acute sense of the relative importance of events and a novelist’s skill in directing the reader’s attention to the men and the episodes that will influence the course of the whole war, without omitting items which are of momentary interest. His organization of facts could hardly be better.” —The Atlantic
“Though the events of this middle year of the Civil War have been recounted hundreds of times, they have rarely been re-created with such vigor and such picturesque detail.” —The New York Times Book Review
“The lucidity of the battle narratives, the vigor of the prose, the strong feeling for the men from generals to privates who did the fighting, are all controlled by constant sense of how it happened and what it was all about. Foote has the novelist’s feeling for character and situation, without losing the historian’s scrupulous regard for recorded fact. The Civil War is likely to stand unequaled.” —Walter Mills


About Shelby Foote

See more books from this Author
Author and historian Shelby Foote was born in Greenville, Mississippi on November 17, 1916. He was educated at the University of North Carolina and served with the U.S. Army artillery during World War II. He was dismissed in 1944 for using a government vehicle against regulations. He later enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, but did not see active duty. After being discharged from the military, he briefly became a journalist. He has written short stories, plays, and longer works, but is best known for his three-volume narrative history of the Civil War. He was awarded Guggenheim fellowships in 1958, 1959, and 1960, a Ford Foundation grant in 1963, and the Dos Passos Prize for Literature in 1988. He appeared in Ken Burns' PBS documentary The Civil War. He died at home in Memphis, Tennessee on June 27, 2005.
Published January 26, 2011 by Vintage. 1014 pages
Genres: History, War, Professional & Technical, Children's Books, Business & Economics, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for The Civil War

Kirkus Reviews

See more reviews from this publication

Received too late for review, this second volume of Shelby Foote's ambitious history of the Civil War rendered in narrative form covers the period from Fredericksburg to Meridian, including the battles of Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Vicksburg, Gettysburg, Chickamauga and Chattanooga.

Oct 13 2011 | Read Full Review of The Civil War: A Narrative: V...


Over the course of his writing career, Foote was also awarded three Guggenheim fellowships.Shelby Foote died in 2005 at the age of 88.

May 30 2014 | Read Full Review of The Civil War: A Narrative: V...

Reader Rating for The Civil War

An aggregated and normalized score based on 226 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes

Rate this book!

Add Review