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The Guns of Shiloh

Joseph A. Altsheler

Book Overview: 

The Northern Army has just be handed a great defeat at Bull Run and is headed back to Washington, DC. How will the North answer this defeat? Follow our hero, Dick Mason, into the Western campaign to find out.

This is the second book in the Civil War Series by Joseph A. Altsheler.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .He turned in his saddle and looked back, following the stout man's pointing finger. Townsville, though but a little mountain town built mainly of logs, was indeed a jewel, softened and with a silver sheen thrown over it by the mountain air which was misty that morning. He dimly saw the long black line of the train standing on the track, and here and there warm rings of smoke rose from the chimneys and floated up into the heavens, where they were lost.

He thought he could detect little figures moving beside the train and he knew that they must be those of his comrades. He felt for a moment a sense of loneliness. He had not known these lads long, but the battle had bound them firmly together. They had been comrades in danger and that made them comrades as long as they lived.

"Greatest town in the world," said Petty, waving toward it a huge hand, encased in a thick yarn glove. "I've traveled from it as much as fifty miles in every direction, north, sou. . . Read More

Community Reviews

This is from a series of books written for younger readers that cover the Civil War from the viewpoint of two cousins from Kentucky fighting on opposite sides. This book covers the boy fighting for the North from Bull Run to Shiloh. It does a good job of sharing the events of the war and portraying

I read these when I was a boy. They are a boy's reading. The Civil War was gallant and glorious. All but one character are white. Mistakes were strategic (Grant's at Shiloh) but rarely moral. Both sides behaved with chivalric dignity. The core group of characters survives battles with only minor wou

A young Kentuckian in the Union army witnesses all the major battles in the "west" from the aftermath of the first Bull Run to Shiloh. Though it's a real period piece----the cast is larded with manly men who burst with fighting spirit and show little if any fear, there's hardly a glimpse of a woman

Book two--a view from the Northern side. I really enjoy these books. The treatment of both sides seems fair and the story seems true enough to history. I like how the characters are pushed to become the best of the best and not just stumble along on the bottom of the barrel. I feel like I'm getting

So sad In so many ways

Written in such genuine knowledge of compassionate yet determined men. I really felt like I was right there with the soldiers. Hurting for what they had to do against their own.
The author provides good insight of war and characters.
I recommend it to anyone that wants to read

I first read this book for a college class I was attending while stationed in Kingsville, Texas. The book was a earlier copy that was given to me as a Christmas present from a family member. It was in fair condition but the contents was a grand pleasure to read. I saw the near "first hand witness" t