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O. E. Cunningham, Shiloh and the Western Campaign of 1862, Signed

The Best Overall Treatment of the Battle of Shiloh


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O. E. Cunningham’s Shiloh and the Western Campaign of 1862 was for years recommended by authorities as the best history of the battle, even though it had never been published. The mark of a deep student of the battle was if they had ordered the photostat copy from one of the few libraries that had one. Thankfully, that all changed in 2007.

The Battle of Shiloh changed the course of the Civil War. When the fighting stopped the casualties totaled nearly 24,000. Dr. O. E. Cunningham (d. 1997) prepared the manuscript for this study under the tutelage of legendary historian T. Harry Williams at Louisiana State University in 1966. Why the manuscript remained unpublished for so long remains a mystery, even though many Shiloh experts and park rangers consider it the best overall treatment of the battle ever written; indeed, Shiloh historiography is just now catching up with Cunningham’s conclusions.

Gary Joiner and Timothy Smith, noted historians of the Civil War in the West, have edited Cunningham’s book, added thirty maps, illustrations, and other material. “Its long overdue publication means a major contribution to Civil War scholarship will finally have the wider audience it so richly deserves.” Stacy D. Allen, Chief Historian, Shiloh National Military Park.

Inscribed and signed by the editors; as new with dust jacket.

Cunningham, O. Edward. Shiloh and the Western Campaign of 1862. New York and El Dorado Hills, CA.: 2007. 1st edition, 476p., illustrations, maps.

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Weight 2 lbs
Dimensions 10 × 7 × 4 in