The recent Civil War Bloggers Top 10 Gettysburg Books list turned out well, so well that I immediately contacted the members of the Shiloh Discussion Group to see if they would join me in creating another combined list, this time of the Top 7 Shiloh books, which will appear this August at TOCWOC on a permanent page designed for this event. SDG members have been posting their lists of the Top 7 Shiloh books over the last month with a deadline of August 1. The following the combined Shiloh Discussion Group’s list of the Top 7 Shiloh Books.
The rankings below take the combined Top 7 Shiloh books lists of all SDG members posted prior to August 1, 2009. A first place vote is worth seven points, while a seventh place vote is worth one point. Some members listed less than seven books. In those cases a first place vote is still worth seven points, with each successive vote being worth one less point. In other cases voters did not have a specific order. Each book on those lists will be worth 4 points (7+6+5+4+3+2+1=28 total points awarded per list divided by 7 books in the list = 4 points per book).
I’d like to take a moment to thank all of the members of the Shiloh Discussion Group who participated in this event. The end result is a large list of Shiloh books and a great place to go for those looking to get into the study of this fascinating event.
Combined Top 7 Shiloh Books
1. Shiloh and the Western Campaign of 1862
by O. Edward Cunningham
by Wiley Sword
3. Shiloh, The Battle That Changed the Civil War
by Larry J. Daniel
4. The Battle of Shiloh and the Organizations Engaged
by D.W. Reed
5. Shiloh: In Hell before Night
by James Lee McDonough
6. This Great Battlefield of Shiloh: History, Memory, and the Establishment of a Civil War National Military Park
by Timothy B. Smith
by Shelby Foote
17 points (1 1st place vote)
8. Shiloh National Military Park, Tennessee. National Park Service Historical Handbook Series No. 10
by Albert Dillahunty
9. The Untold Story of Shiloh: The Battle and the Battlefield
by Timothy B. Smith
10. (tie) War of the Rebellion, Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Series I, Volume 10, Serial 10 and 11
by U.S. Government
10. (tie) From Fort Henry to Corinth
by Manning Force
10 points (0 1st place votes)
12. Seeing the Elephant: Raw Recruits and the Battle of Shiloh
by Joseph Allan Frank and George A. Reaves
13. (tie) Battle of Shiloh (Incidents of the Civil War Series)
edited by J.F. Wakefield
13. (tie) Soldier Life – Many Must Fall
by B.F. Thomas and Peter Wilson
7 points (1 1st place vote)
Note: Since a first placw vote is worth 7 points, no book past this point in the list earned a first place vote.
15. (tie) The Battle of Shiloh (1911 Reprint ed.)
by J.W. Rich
15. (tie) Shiloh 1862: The Death of Innocence
by James Arnold
15. (tie) Shiloh: Portrait of a Battle. Orientation film, Shiloh National Military Park, 1955
directed by Ira B. Likes
15. (tie) One Year’s Soldiering
by F.F. Kiner
19. (tie) The U. S. Army War College Guide to the Battle of Shiloh
edited by Jay Luvaas, Stephen Bowman, and Leonard Fullenkamp
19. (tie) Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant
by Ulysses S. Grant
19. (tie) Nothing but Victory: The Army of the Tennessee, 1861-1865
by Steven E. Woodworth
22. (tie) Shiloh and Corinth: Sentinels of Stone
by Timothy T. Isbell
22. (tie) Eyewitnesses at the Battle of Shiloh
edited by David R. Logsdon
22. (tie) Shiloh House of Peace: The Church That Named the Battle
by Dr. Ronnie Fullwood
25. The Shiloh Campaign (Civil War Campaigns in the Heartland)
edited by Steven E. Woodworth
26. (tie) The Life of Gen. Albert Sidney Johnston: Embracing His Services in the Armies of the United States, the Republic of Texas, and the Confederate States
by William Preston Johnston
26. (tie) The Timberclads in the Civil War
by Myron J. Smith
26. (tie) Shiloh National Military Park
Note: The battlefield itself was cited as a resource.
26. (tie) Assorted Regimental Histories for Regiments Which Were at Shiloh
Note: Obviously I cannot link to all of the regimental histories for regiments which fought at Shiloh.
26. (tie) Shiloh, Shells and Artillery Units
by George Witham
31. (tie) Blue & Gray Magazine Shiloh Special Issue
by Stacy Allen
31. (tie) Shiloh: A Battlefield Guide
by Mark Grimsley and Steven Woodworth
31. (tie) Campaigns and Battles of the Twelfth Regiment Iowa Volunteer Infantry
by David W. Reed
31. (tie) Confederate Artillery at the Battle of Shiloh, April 6th and 7th, 1862 (unpublished manuscript)
by Ron Black
Note: Unpublished manuscript of an SDG member
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