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They Met at Shiloh
Phillip M. Bryant
New Civil War Novel Describes Battle of Shiloh Day by Day
Albuquerque, NM – In his newly released historical fiction novel They Met at Shiloh, first-time author Phillip M. Bryant takes readers into the hearts and minds of two Confederate and two Federal soldiers through four days leading up to and including the battle. With a mix of historical monograph and narrated story, Bryant weaves the important aspects of the Shiloh campaign into a narrative that brings the first two years of the war into focus as it would have been experienced by soldiers on both sides in the western theater.
It is April 4th, 1862, and a largely green Confederate Army of Mississippi is trying to steal up to an equally green Union army encamped 17 miles away along the banks of the mighty Tennessee River. For Michael Grierson and Stephen Murdock, there is anticipation and fear for the outcome as they file into positions close by the Union camps at Pittsburg Landing and await the signal to move forward. For Robert Mitchell and the newly organized Army of the Tennessee, life at Pittsburg Landing is camp routine day by day and keeping an eye on his pards. For Philip Pearson and the Army of the Ohio, they have marched across Kentucky and now up the Tennessee River, making leisurely progress to link up with their comrades at Pittsburg Landing. A great, albeit untested, Confederate army is about to spring undetected upon its Union foe wiling away the days along the Tennessee River. If the Confederates can complete their assembling undetected before the Army of the Ohio reaches Pittsburg Landing, Tennessee might be saved for the Confederacy.
“This novel was written for the history buff and the novice alike, with focus on the detail of the common life of a soldier while on campaign and in camp,” said Bryant. “They Met at Shiloh strives to be both educational and entertaining.”
As we approach its 150th anniversary in April 2012, Phillip Bryant provides a fresh look at the battle from the personal perspective of four men among the armies of panicked soldiers who marched and faced off against one another, ill-suited for infantry combat at close range but forced by fate and necessity at the Battle of Shiloh.
They Met at Shiloh is available for sale online at Amazon.com in both Kindle and print formats.
About the Author:
Phillip M. Bryant attended the University of New Mexico and earned his bachelor’s degree in history and with a minor in American studies. He has been active in local New Mexico reenacting and on the national level is a member of the 23rd SNY as part of the Army of the Pacific, 1st Federal Division. He has been researching the American Civil War for over 25 years. His sources have included diary accounts, autobiographies, historical monographs and first-hand reports on the actions taken 150 ago published in the War of the Rebellion battle reports and War Department communications. This is his first published novel.
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