The Civil War: A Narrative, Volume 2: Fredericksburg to Meridian

Version: Unabridged
Author: Shelby Foote
Narrator: Grover Gardner
Genres: History, North America
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Published In: August 2009
# of Units: 36 CDs
Length: 42 hours, 10 minutes
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One of the National Review's 100 Best Non-Fiction Books of the Century

This volume is dominated by the almost continual confrontation of great armies. The Army of the Potomac under Burnside attempts once again to take Richmond, resulting in the bloodbath at Fredericksburg. Then Joe Hooker tries again, only to be repulsed at Chancellorsville as Stonewall Jackson turns his flankā€”a bitter victory for the South, paid for by the death of Lee's foremost lieutenant. In the west, Grant's seven relentless efforts against Vicksburg show Lincoln that he has at last found the killer-general, the man who can "face the arithmetic." With Vicksburg finally under siege, Lee again invades the North. The three-day conflict at Gettysburg receives book-length attention in a masterly treatment of a key great battle, not as legend has it, but as it really was, before it became distorted by controversy and overblown by remembered glory.

Reviews (2)

Civil War - Volume 2

Written by John G. on December 24th, 2011

  • Book Rating: 5/5

As expected, this was an excellent book. Shelby Foote is an incredible writer. It's probably just me, but many times I had a hard time knowing which person he was referring to. Overall, an outstanding book........

Do not hesitate

Written by Kaiser from Mendota Heights, MN on November 8th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Best factual account of the civil war yet. The reader is priceless with his rich voice, phrasing and ennunciations. For history buffs with long commutes, this collection is priceless. Shelby Foote's three volumes is a must read and is even better heard with Grover Gardner.

Author Details

Author Details

Foote, Shelby

Although he now makes his home in Memphis, Tennessee. Shelby Foote comes from a long line of Mississippians. He was born in Greenville, Mississippi, and attended school there until he entered the University of North Carolina. During World War II he served in the European theater as a captain of field artillery. In the period since the war, he has written five novels: Tournament, Follow Mc Down, Love in a Dry Season, Shiloh and Jordan County. He has been awarded three Guggenheim fellowships.