A Stillness at Appomattox

By Bruce Catton,

Book cover of A Stillness at Appomattox

Book description

Recounting the final year of the Civil War, this classic volume by Bruce Catton won both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for excellence in non-fiction.

In this final volume of the Army of the Potomac Trilogy, Catton, America's foremost Civil War historian, takes the reader through the…

Shepherd is reader supported. When you buy books, we may earn an affiliate commission.

Why read it?

2 authors picked A Stillness at Appomattox as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

These are the first books I read on the American Civil War as an adult (thank you, History Book Club). Catton lets the reader march with the Army of the Potomac through the war in the east. You don’t just learn what happened, and why. You feel what it was like to be there. Catton never forgets the need to make history a good read as well as a way to transmit information. 

From Bruce's list on leadership in the American Civil War.

This book is the reason I originally became obsessed with the Civil War and the reason millions of other Americans discovered it. Catton was one of the first historians to apply lyrical, poetical writing to the grisly events of the war, and it is the writing that makes his books stand out. He won the Pulitzer with it in 1954. The subject is the war as seen from the point of view of Grant and his Army of the Potomac.

Want books like A Stillness at Appomattox?

Our community of 11,000+ authors has personally recommended 100 books like A Stillness at Appomattox.

Browse books like A Stillness at Appomattox

5 book lists we think you will like!

Interested in the American Civil War, presidential biography, and the Confederate States of America?

11,000+ authors have recommended their favorite books and what they love about them. Browse their picks for the best books about the American Civil War, presidential biography, and the Confederate States of America.

The American Civil War Explore 315 books about the American Civil War
Presidential Biography Explore 19 books about presidential biography
The Confederate States Of America Explore 58 books about the Confederate States of America