Gettysburg: The Last Invasion
Winner of the Guggenheim-Lehrman Prize in Military History
An Economist Best Book of the Year
A Kirkus Reviews Best Nonfiction Book of the Year
The Battle of Gettysburg has been written about at length and thoroughly dissected in terms of strategic importance, but never before has a book taken readers so close to the experience of the individual soldier.
Two-time Lincoln Prize winner Allen C. Guelzo shows us the face, the sights and the sounds of nineteenth-century combat: the stone walls and gunpowder clouds of Pickett’s Charge; the reason that the Army of Northern Virginia could be smelled before it could be seen; the march of thousands of men from the banks of the Rappahannock in Virginia to the Pennsylvania hills. What emerges is a previously untold story of army life in the Civil War: from the personal politics roiling the Union and Confederate officer ranks, to the peculiar character of artillery units. Through such scrutiny, one of history’s epic battles is given extraordinarily vivid new life.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Stbalbach - LibraryThing
Highly readable yet detailed history of the events leading up to the battle and its aftermath. Guelzo assumes the reader is not conversant with 19th century warfare, and he describes what it's like ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - jerry-book - LibraryThing
This book attacks some of the myths surrounding the battle. Did Jeb Stuart lose the battle by going on his jaunt around the Union Army and losing touch with Lee? Was Longstreet too slow to attack on ... Read full review
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CHAPTER TEN You stand alone between the Rebel Army and your homes
CHAPTER TWELVE Go in South Carolina
CHAPTER THIRTEEN If the enemy is there tomorrow we must attack him
PA RT 5 The Second
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CHAPTER NINETBEN We are the Louisiana Tigers
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