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This text for scholars and general readers well versed in the Civil War offers a detailed account of the climactic three-day battle at Gettysburg. Sears begins with some background information on the ...events that led to Robert E. Lee's fateful decision to bring his troops into Northern territory. Other topics include, for example, an account of Joshua Chamberlain's right-wheel maneuver on Little Round Top and an analysis of Johnson Pettigrew's compact arrangement of his brigades on the battle line. Sears is the author of six books on the Civil War. Annotation ©2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR The Los Angeles Times Sears offers the first definitive overview of the campaign in 35 years. — John Rhodehamel
Gettysburg (Gettysburg, #1)
The Civil War is the American Iliad. Lincoln, Stonewall Jackson, Grant, and Lee still stand as heroic ideals, as stirring to our national memory as were the legendary Achilles and Hector to the world ...of the ancient Greeks. Within the story of our Iliad one battle stands forth above all others: Gettysburg.Millions visit Gettysburg each year to walk the fields and hills where Joshua Chamberlain made his legendary stand and Pickett went down to a defeat which doomed a nation, but in defeat forever became a symbol of the heroic Lost Cause. As the years passed, and the scars healed, the debate, rather than drifting away has intensified. It is the battle which has become the great "what if," of American history and the center of a dreamscape where Confederate banners finally do crown the heights above the town. The year is 1863, and General Robert E. Lee and his Army of Northern Virginia are poised to attack the North and claim the victory that would end the brutal conflict. But Lee’s Gettysburg campaign ended in failure, ultimately deciding the outcome of the war. Launching his men into a vast sweeping operation, of which the town of Gettysburg is but one small part of the plan, General Lee, acting as he did at Chancellorsville, Second Manassas, and Antietam, displays the audacity of old. He knows he has but one more good chance to gain ultimate victory, for after two years of war the relentless power of an industrialized north is wearing the South down. Lee's lieutenants and the men in the ranks, embued with this renewed spirit of the offensive embark on the Gettysburg Campaign that many dream "should have been." The soldiers in the line, Yank and Reb, knew as well that this would be the great challenge, the decisive moment that would decided whether a nation would die, or be created, and both sides were ready, willing to lay down their lives for their Cause.An action-packed and painstakingly researched masterwork, Gettysburg stands as the first book in a series to tell the story of how history could have unfolded, how a victory for Lee would have changed the destiny of the nation forever. In the great tradition of The Killer Angels and Jeff Shaara’s bestselling Civil War trilogy, this is a novel of true heroism and glory in America’s most trying hour.Publishers WeeklyThis well-executed alternative history imagines a Confederate victory at Gettysburg. Former House speaker Gingrich (Contract with America) and historical fiction author Forstchen (Down to the Sea) create a plausible scenario: Robert E. Lee resolves to command, rather than merely coordinate, the efforts of that gaggle of prima donnas known as the high command of the Army of Northern Virginia. Thus, when he leads them into battle against the Army of the Potomac at Gettysburg, he does not commit his soldiers to a desperate head-butting on the ground chosen by the Union's General Meade. Instead, he maneuvers around the Union flank, placing his tightly run army between Meade and Washington, D.C., scooping up Union supplies and forcing Meade to launch desperate attacks with disastrous results for the Union cause. The authors show thorough knowledge of the people, weapons, tactics and ambience of the Civil War, though their portrayals of historical figures like Lee, Meade, James Longstreet and Richard Ewell betray a certain bias (the Confederate men are noble and wise, the Union leaders hot-tempered and vindictive). The novel has a narrative drive and vigor that makes the climactic battle scene a real masterpiece of its kind (it's not for the weak of stomach). The military minutiae probably makes the book inaccessible to anyone who's not a Civil War buff or military fiction fan, but those two sizable groups will find this a veritable feast. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Gettysburg: The Last Invasion
From the acclaimed Civil War historian, a brilliant new history—the most intimate and richly readable account we have had—of the climactic three-day battle of Gettysburg (July 1–3, 1863), which draws ...the reader into the heat, smoke, and grime of Gettysburg alongside the ordinary soldier, and depicts the combination of personalities and circumstances that produced the greatest battle of the Civil War, and one of the greatest in human history. Of the half-dozen full-length histories of the battle of Gettysburg written over the last century, none dives down so closely to the experience of the individual soldier, or looks so closely at the sway of politics over military decisions, or places the battle so firmly in the context of nineteenth-century military practice. Allen C. Guelzo shows us the face, the sights, and the sounds of nineteenth-century combat: the lay of the land, the fences and the stone walls, the gunpowder clouds that hampered movement and vision; the armies that caroused, foraged, kidnapped, sang, and were so filthy they could be smelled before they could be seen; the head-swimming difficulties of marshaling massive numbers of poorly trained soldiers, plus thousands of animals and wagons, with no better means of communication than those of Caesar and Alexander. What emerges is an untold story, from the trapped and terrified civilians in Gettysburg’s cellars to the insolent attitude of artillerymen, from the taste of gunpowder cartridges torn with the teeth to the sounds of marching columns, their tin cups clanking like an anvil chorus. Guelzo depicts the battle with unprecedented clarity, evoking a world where disoriented soldiers and officers wheel nearly blindly through woods and fields toward their clash, even as poetry and hymns spring to their minds with ease in the midst of carnage. Rebel soldiers look to march on Philadelphia and even New York, while the Union struggles to repel what will be the final invasion of the North. One hundred and fifty years later, the cornerstone battle of the Civil War comes vividly to life as a national epic, inspiring both horror and admiration.
The Gettysburg Campaign: A Study in Command
The Battle of Gettyburg remains one of the most controversial military actions in America's history, and one of the most studied. Professor Coddington's is an analysis not only of the battle proper, b...ut of the actions of both Union and Confederate armies for the six months prior to the battle and the factors affecting General Meade's decision not to pursue the retreating Confederate forces. This book contends that Gettyburg was a crucial Union victory, primarily because of the effective leadership of Union forces - not, as has often been said, only because the North was the beneficiary of Lee's mistakes. Scrupulously documented and rich in fascinating detail, The Gettysburg Campaign stands as one of the landmark works in the history of the Civil War
Stars in Their Courses: The Gettysburg Campaign, June-July 1863
Shelby Foote's monumental three-part chronicle of the Civil War was hailed by Walker Percy as "an unparalleled achievement, an American Iliad, a unique work uniting the scholarship of the historian an...d the high readability of the first-class novelist." Drawn from Foote's acclaimed and massive The Civil War: A Narrative - the central chapter of the central volume, and therefore the capstone of the arch - this new addition to the Modern Library offers a matchless account of the epic Gettysburg Campaign. Complete with detailed maps, Stars in Their Courses brilliantly re-creates the three-day conflict: it is a masterly treatment of a key great battle and the events that preceded it - not as legend has it but as it really was, before it became distorted by controversy and overblown by remembered glory. "Gettysburg... is described with such meticulous attention to action, terrain, time, and the characters of the various commanders that, at last, what happened in the battle [can be understood]," said The Atlantic.
Gettysburg: A Testing of Courage
america's Civil War Raged For More Than Four Years, But It Is The Three Days Of Fighting In The Pennsylvania Countryside In July 1863 That Continues To Fascinate, Appall, And Inspire New Generations W...ith Its Unparalleled Saga Of Sacrifice And Courage. From Chancellorsville, Where General Robert E. Lee Launched His High-risk Campaign Into The North, To The Confederates' Last Daring And Ultimately-doomed Act, Forever Known As Pickett's Charge, The Battle Of Gettysburg Gave The Union Army A Victory That Turned Back The Boldest And Perhaps Greatest Chance For A Southern Nation.now Acclaimed Historian Noah Andre Trudeau Brings The Most Up-to-date Research Available To A Brilliant, Sweeping, And Comprehensive History Of The Battle Of Gettysburg That Sheds Fresh Light On Virtually Every Aspect Of It. Deftly Balancing His Own Narrative Style With Revealing Firsthand Accounts, Trudeau Brings This Engrossing Human Tale To Life As Never Before. publishers Weekly making Comprehensive And Sophisticated Use Of A Broad Spectrum Of Archival And Printed Sources, Npr Executive Producer Trudeau (bloody Roads South) Enhances His Reputation As A Narrative Historian Of The Civil War With What Is To Date The Best Large-scale Single-volume Treatment Of Those Crucial Three Days In July 1863, Elegantly Reconstructing The Battle And The Campaign From The Perspectives Of The Participants. Trudeau Allows Them, From Generals To Enlisted Men, To Speak In Their Own Words, Creating A Thoroughly Absorbing Story Of Determination On Both Sides And At All Levels. Robert E. Lee Began The Campaign Intending To Win A Battle Of Annihilation. July 1 Inaugurated Some Of The Hardest, And The Most Exacting, Fighting American Soldiers Have Ever Done. The Operational Narratives Are Remarkable For Their Clarity, Especially Trudeau's Presentation Of The Confused Fight For The Union Left Flank On July 2. The Text Is Supplemented By Sketch Maps Of Unit Positions And Movements That Are Also Models Of Clarity A Particular Boon To Nonspecialist Readers. Trudeau Defensibly Concludes That The Wide Latitude Allowed Subordinates At All Levels Of The Army Of Northern Virginia Worked Against It At Gettysburg. Further, His Emphasis On Contemporary Sources Instead Of Postwar Retrospection And Academic Analysis Shows That Despite Nearly Equal Losses Totaling Almost 50,000 Men Gettysburg Failed As Lee's Battle Of Annihilation. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Gettysburg--The First Day
Though A Great Deal Has Been Written About The Battle Of Gettysburg, Much Of It Has Focused On The Events Of The Second And Third Days. With This Book, The First Day's Fighting Finally Receives Its Du...e. Harry Pfanz, Presents A Definitive Account Of The Events Of July 1, 1863--jacket. Introduction. Fredericksburg To The Potomac -- Ch. 1. Ewell's Raid -- Ch. 2. Lee's Army Concentrates -- Ch. 3. Meade's Pursuit -- Ch. 4. Meade And Reynolds -- Ch. 5. Reconnaissance In Force -- Ch. 6. Reynolds's Final And Finest Hour -- Ch. 7. Cutler's Cock Fight -- Ch. 8. Mcpherson Woods -- Ch. 9. The Railroad Cut -- Ch. 10. Noon Lull -- Ch. 11. Howard And The Eleventh Corps -- Ch. 12. Ewell And Rodes Reach The Field -- Ch. 13. Oak Ridge -- Ch. 14. Daniel's And Ramseur's Brigades Attack -- Ch. 15. Daniel Strikes Stone -- Ch. 16. Schurz Perpares For Battle -- Ch. 17. Early's Division Attacks -- Ch. 18. Gordon And Doles Sweep The Field -- Ch. 19. The Brickyard Fight -- Ch. 20. Heth Attacks -- Ch. 21. Retreat From Mcpherson Ridge -- Ch. 22. Seminary Ridge -- Ch. 23. Retreat Through The Town -- Ch. 24. Cemetery Hill -- Ch. 25. Epilogue -- App. A. John Burns -- App. B. The Color Episode Of The 149th P.v.i -- App. C. Children Of The Battlefield. By Harry W. Pfanz. Includes Bibliographical References (p. -457) And Index.
At Gettysburg or What a Girl Saw and Heard of the Battle: A True Narrative
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Fields of Honor: Pivotal Battles of the Civil War
The Former Chief Historian Of The National Park Service And Its Current Historian Emeritus, Bearss' Renowned Tours Of America's Battlefields Feature A Uniquely Engaging Panache That Has Inspired A Leg...ion Of Fans. 1859: Harpers Ferry -- 1861: Fort Sumter, First Manassas -- 1862: Shiloh, Antietam -- 1863: Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Vicksburg, Chattanooga -- 1864: The Wilderness, Spotsylvania, North Anna, Cold Harbor, & Petersburg -- 1865: Sherman's Carolinas Campaign, From Five Forks To Appomattox Court House -- Hardluck Ironclad Cairo. Edwin C. Bearss. Includes Index.
Battle of Gettysburg
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