The Colors of Courage: Gettysburg's Forgotten History: Immigrants, Women, and African Americans in the Civil War's Defining Battle

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Basic Books, 2006 - History - 321 pages
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In the summer of 1863, as Union and Confederate armies converged on southern Pennsylvania, the town of Gettysburg found itself thrust onto the center stage of war. The three days of fighting that ensued decisively turned the tide of the Civil War. In The Colors of Courage, Margaret Creighton narrates the tale of this crucial battle from the viewpoint of three unsung groups--women, immigrants, and African Americans--and reveals how wide the conflict's dimensions were. A historian with a superb flair for storytelling, Creighton draws on memoirs, letters, diaries, and newspapers to bring to life the individuals at the heart of her narrative. The Colors of Courage is a stunningly fluid work of original history-one that redefines the Civil War's most remarkable battle.

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When the typical reader thinks of Gettysburg the paramount image is of the fighting and the strategic placement of troops during those three broiling hot days in July 1863. What we often fail to ... Read full review

The colors of courage: Gettysburg's forgotten history: immigrants, women, and African Americans in the Civil War's defining battle

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Creighton (history, Bates Coll.; Rites and Passages ) mines the rutted field of Gettysburg writings and memory to find an untold people's history of Gettysburg: German American Union soldiers seeking ... Read full review

Contents

The Lay of the Land
3
CHAPTER ONE An Afternoon in the Badlands
9
CHAPTER TWO The Season of Disbelief
33
CHAPTER THREE Desolations Edge
49
CHAPTER FOUR Flying Thick Like Blackbirds
71
CHAPTER FIVE Bold Acts
97
CHAPTER SIX The Wide Eye of the Storm
123
CHAPTER SEVEN The Aftermath
145
CHAPTER EIGHT The Seesaw of Honor or How the Pigpen
163
CHAPTER NINE Women and Remembrance
185
CHAPTER TEN Making a Living on Hallowed Land
207
Afterword
233
Bibliography
293
Acknowledgments
309
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Margaret S. Creighton is Professor of History at Bates College. The author of Rites and Passages: The Experience of American Whaling , and co-editor of Iron Men, Wooden Women: Gender and Seafaring in the Atlantic World, 1700-1920 . She lives in Yarmouth, Maine.

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