Gettysburg Battlefield: The Definitive Illustrated History

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Chronicle Books, May 1, 2003 - History - 296 pages
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Gettysburg Battlefield is the definitive illustrated history of the largest and deadliest military campaign ever waged in the Western Hemisphere. It was fought 140 years ago this July, in the farmlands of Pennsylvania. Years in the making, it draws together the most complete collection of Gettysburg imagery ever published in a single volume along with a robust narrative. The author takes the reader on a day-by-day journey through the battle, illustrated throughout with more than 480 photographs, many of them rare, including shots of Robert E. Lee and George Meade. Two visual features of this book are particularly compelling: Period photographs of key battlefield sites - taken just as the guns stilled - are juxtaposed with images of those same sites today. Three-dimensional maps were created especially for this book and offer a distinctive perspective on military strategy. Essays by civil war experts and a foreword by historian James M. McPherson complete this handsome and authoritative history. An essential addition to the Civil War library, Gettysburg Battlefield is a compelling chronicle of a legendary conflict and the ultimate pictorial record.

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About the author (2003)

David J. Eicher is the author of several books on the Civil War, among them The Longest Night and Civil War High Commands. He lives in Wisconsin.

James M. McPherson is a professor of American history at Princeton University and the author of numerous important books on the Civil War, including the Pulitzer Prize winning Battle Cry of Freedom.

Lee Vande Visse is a professional illustrator and graphic designer with a longtime interest in Civil War history.

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