Top 7 Shiloh Books: Combined List

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 eventSDG 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

50 points (2 1st place votes)

2. Shiloh, Bloody April

by Wiley Sword

48 points (2 1st place votes)

3. Shiloh, The Battle That Changed the Civil War

by Larry J. Daniel

39 points (2 1st place votes)

4. The Battle of Shiloh and the Organizations Engaged

by D.W. Reed

27 points (0 1st place votes)

5. Shiloh:  In Hell before Night

by James Lee McDonough

20 points (0 1st place votes)

6. This Great Battlefield of Shiloh:  History, Memory, and the Establishment of a Civil War National Military Park

by Timothy B. Smith

19 points (0 1st place votes)

7. Shiloh: A Novel

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

14 points (2 1st place votes)

9. The Untold Story of Shiloh: The Battle and the Battlefield

by Timothy B. Smith

13 points (Y 1st place votes)

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 points (1 1st place vote)

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

9 points (0 1st place votes)

13. (tie) Battle of Shiloh (Incidents of the Civil War Series)

edited by J.F. Wakefield

7 points (1 1st place vote)

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

6 points

15. (tie) Shiloh 1862: The Death of Innocence

by James Arnold

6 points

15. (tie) Shiloh: Portrait of a Battle.  Orientation film, Shiloh National Military Park, 1955

directed by Ira B. Likes

6 points

15. (tie) One Year’s Soldiering

by F.F. Kiner

6 points

19. (tie) The U. S. Army War College Guide to the Battle of Shiloh

edited by Jay Luvaas, Stephen Bowman, and Leonard Fullenkamp

5 points

19. (tie) Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant

by Ulysses S. Grant

5 points

19. (tie) Nothing but Victory: The Army of the Tennessee, 1861-1865

by Steven E. Woodworth

5 points

22. (tie) Shiloh and Corinth: Sentinels of Stone

by Timothy T. Isbell

4 points

22. (tie) Eyewitnesses at the Battle of Shiloh

edited by David R. Logsdon

4 points

22. (tie) Shiloh House of Peace: The Church That Named the Battle

by Dr. Ronnie Fullwood

4 points

25. The Shiloh Campaign (Civil War Campaigns in the Heartland)

edited by Steven E. Woodworth

3 points

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

2 points

26. (tie) The Timberclads in the Civil War

by Myron J. Smith

2 points

26. (tie) Shiloh National Military Park

Note: The battlefield itself was cited as a resource.

2 points

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.

2 points

26. (tie) Shiloh, Shells and Artillery Units

by George Witham

2 points

31. (tie) Blue & Gray Magazine Shiloh Special Issue

by Stacy Allen

1 point

31. (tie) Shiloh: A Battlefield Guide

by Mark Grimsley and Steven Woodworth

1 point

31. (tie) Campaigns and Battles of the Twelfth Regiment Iowa Volunteer Infantry

by David W. Reed

1 point

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

1 point


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3 responses to “Top 7 Shiloh Books: Combined List”

  1. Perry Cuskey Avatar


    I wanted to publicly thank you for suggesting this for our discussion group, and for setting everything up for us. I also want to thank everyone who took the time to come up with a list, and post it online for us. Not always easy to pick and choose, and then try to rank them. But it’s fun trying!

    I’d be interested to hear what folks think about the list itself, and how the rankings ended up.


    1. admin Avatar


      You’re welcome! I’d like to thank you and all of the members of the Shiloh Discussion Group for being such good sports and participating in this event. I know my own library has more Shiloh books in it as a result. I too am interested what people think. All, if you’re out there reading this, let us know what you think of the list! Is a book too high? Too low? Missing?


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