Bruce Catton’s Army of the Potomac

Though I managed to purchase Bruce Catton’s Army of the Potomac series last summer, I hadn’t made time to read it.

Since 2009, I’ve read MANY books on the Civil War. I’ve lost count in fact. I must say that this is one of the best written series of books that I’ve read.

I like Mr. Catton’s writing style and I also like how he provides bibliographical notes for each chapter AND also provides a bibliography of the primary source material.

I began reading the series.

The Army of the Potomac was plagued with incompetence and timid leadership. All the wasted lives, missed opportunities, lack of communication, 70%+ casualty rates,  and hubris [cough:George B. McClellan]were such a part of the Army of the Potomac. If one walks away with nothing else. You can take that to the bank.

In the 21st century, its incomprehensible the slaughter that these men inflicted on each other.


What I like…books

My mother read to us when we were little children so I’ve been an avid reader all my life.

Due to my Civil War fascination, I tend to read a lot of non-fiction.  In the Civil War genre I’ve read James McPherson, William Davis, Shelby Foote, Noah Andre Trudeau, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Drew Gilpin Faust, Margaret Creighton (a really good look at the Battle of Gettysburg from a female and minority perspective) and many others that I can’t recall right now. Those are the ones that jump quickly to mind.

If I’m reading fiction, I tend to stay with Stephen King, John Grisham, and John Patterson’s Alex Cross books.

I also recently finished all the George RR Martin books in  A Song of Fire and Ice. I also recently read Greg Iles Natchez Burning. Liked that one a lot.