Gettysburg: The Last Invasion

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, May 14, 2013 - History - 656 pages
11 Reviews
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.


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User 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

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User 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

Contents

CHAPTER NINE The devil 3 to pay
139
CHAPTER TEN You stand alone between the Rebel Army and your homes
177
CHAPTER TWELVE Go in South Carolina
198
CHAPTER THIRTEEN If the enemy is there tomorrow we must attack him
212
PA RT 5 The Second
235
CHAPTER lIFlEliN You are to hold this ground at all costs
257
CHAPTER SIXTEEN I have never been in a hotterplace
276
CHAPTER SEVENTEEN The supreme moment ofthe war had come
304
CHAPTER NINETBEN We are the Louisiana Tigers
335
CHAPTER TWENTY Let us have no more retreats
353
CHAPTER TWENTYONE The general plan ofattaee was unchanged
373
CHAPTER TWENTYTWO Are you going to do your duty today?
405
cHAPTER TWENTYFOUR As elear a defieat as our army ever met with
427
cHAPrER TWENTYFIVE There is hadfaith somewhere
441
Epilogue
475
Index
601

cHAPTER EIGHTH1N Remember Harpers Ferry
322

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Allen C. Guelzo is the Henry R. Luce Professor of the Civil War Era and Director of Civil War Era Studies at Gettysburg College. He is the author of Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation: The End of Slavery in America and Abraham Lincoln: Redeemer President, both winners of the Lincoln Prize. Guelzo’s essays, reviews, and articles have appeared in publications ranging from the American Historical Review and Wilson Quarterly to newspapers such as The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Wall Street Journal.

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