Shiloh: Confederate High Tide in the Heartland

Shiloh: Confederate High Tide in the Heartland

Shiloh: Confederate High Tide in the Heartland

Shiloh: Confederate High Tide in the Heartland


Dr. Mel Cheatham, a successful neurosurgeon with a thriving private practice, found himself at the age of fifty feeling empty. He had it all. And yet he knew something was missing-the peace and joy that comes from showing God's love to others. Then one day he heard Franklin Graham speak about the desperate need for doctors in developing countries, and in that message, Mel heard God speaking directly to his heart. He gave up a private neurosurgery practice and devoted himself to full-time medical relief work and evangelism projects in developing and war-torn countries. Mel Cheatham found out what it means to Make a Difference.

In Make a Difference, Mel shares the stories of dozens of people who have risked it all to gain what they cannot lose-people who learned to listen to God and respond to His call to love the world. You'll read about:

  • Karen Daniels, a 31-year-old nurse from British Columbia who heard God calling her to minister through her medical skills in wartorn Sudan, where temperatures often reach 115 degrees and the only "bathrooms" are pit latrines dug in the ground.
  • Marianne Morton, who donated a kidney to a neighbor she barely knew, a Jewish man who was being kept alive only through daily dialysis.

Through these and many other stories, and through the use of Scripture, Melvin will help you listen to God's still, small voice, calling you to make a difference, to show His love to a world in need.


In October 1864, Confederate President Jefferson Davis sought to rally increasingly demoralized southerners, declaring “by fighting alone can independence be gained.” Months later, in his Second Inaugural Address, President Abraham Lincoln reminded northerners that “the progress of our arms, upon which all else chiefly depends, is as well known to the public as to myself; and it is, I trust, reasonably satisfactory and encouraging to all.”

Though historians have debated endlessly about the causes of Union victory and Confederate defeat in the American Civil War, the North proved triumphant on the battlefield not because of its population advantage, its manufacturing superiority, or because of internal divisions in Dixie. Above all else, Southern hopes for independence and European recognition hinged on battlefield victories; Northern success ultimately resulted from combat victories and superior leadership.

The books in Praeger’s Battles and Leaders of the American Civil War series focus closely on key Civil War battles and the leaders who led their men into the fight. The books treat major battles and examine minutely how the outcome of the battles depended on the abilities, skills, triumphs, and failures of commanders who orchestrated the campaigns. Each book underscores the nexus between military outcome and command decisions, including political implications, supply, tactics, and strategy. The authors emphasize contingencies that influenced battle outcomes. They also . . .

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