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Praise for Shiloh and the Western Campaign of 1862

". . . Excellent, very detailed, well-reasoned, and highly readable. By making Shiloh and the Western Campaign of 1862 available the editors and publisher have made a great contribution to Civil War studies."

– Al Nofi, New York Military Affairs Symposium

"Cunningham was well ahead of his time in his assessment of the battle, its course, the reasons for its outcome, and its lasting significance. The research is outstanding, the analysis penetrating, and the writing crisp and free of academese. Shiloh and the Western Campaign of 1862 will become an immediate contender to be the essential book on the battle that roused America to the awful truth of what it was doing to itself."

- William C. Davis
noted Civil War lecturer and the author of Jefferson Davis: The Man and His Hour and Look Away!: A History of the Confederate States of America

"With Edward Cunningham's dissertation, Drs. Gary Joiner and Timothy Smith have unearthed a treasure—a first-rate work of scholarship and a finely crafted re-telling of the story of the campaign. Students of Civil War history are indebted to them for making this well researched account available to the reading public at last."

- Steven E. Woodworth
author of Nothing but Victory: The Army of the Tennessee, 1861-1865

"Two generations of National Park Service historians have relied heavily on the park's faded, worn, and exhaustively studied copy of Edward Cunningham's provocative Shiloh dissertation. After many years researching this epic battle, I still find myself referring to this landmark account for insight and guidance. Its long overdue publication means a major contribution to Civil War scholarship will finally have the wider audience it so richly deserves. Here is a seminal work for any person drawn to Shiloh's timeless compelling story."

- Stacy D. Allen
Chief Historian, Shiloh National Military Park

"Why Cunningham's Shiloh and the Western Campaign of 1862 remained ignored, and unpublished, for 41 years is a minor academic mystery since it may well be the best, most perceptive, and authoritative of the Battle of Shiloh."

- The Weekly Standard

"Cunningham’s combat descriptions are among the most exciting I’ve read. . . . An indispensable reference work on the battle of Shiloh. This book is a “must-have” for the shelves of every Civil War buff."

- Civil War News