Author Winston Groom writes that Shiloh was the first battle in the Civil War that shocked Americans into seeing how long and how terrible the war would become.
Winston Groom is an American novelist and
non-fiction writer, best known for his book Forrest Gump, which was
adapted into a film in 1994. Groom was born in Washington, D.C., but
grew up in Mobile, Alabama where he attended University Military School
(now known as UMS-Wright Preparatory School). He attended the University
of Alabama, where he was a member of Delta Tau Delta and the Army ROTC,
and graduated in 1965. He served in the Army from 1965 to 1969,
including a tour in Vietnam. Recently he has lived in Point Clear,
Alabama, and Long Island, New York.