Meade: Victor of Gettysburg

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Potomac Books, Inc., 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 123 pages
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Most students of the American Civil War know the name George Gordon Meade, but few can tell you about the man. With this addition to Potomacas Military Profiles series, historian Richard Sauers examines the life of one of the Union Armyas most notable generals. Rising from the Union officer corps to lead the previously ill-fated Army of the Potomac, Meade took command only hours before his forces stumbled upon Robert E. Leeas Confederates at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in 1863. He led his men to victory in one of the most famous battles in history, but Meade was soon embroiled in political battles with fellow generals and Washington politicians. Despite detractorsa efforts to question Meadeas judgment and smear his reputationefforts often exacerbated by the generalas own volatile temper and undiplomatic behaviorhe continued to put duty to his country and his men first. When Ulysses S. Grant was named lieutenant general in charge of all Union forces, Grant made his headquarters with the Army of the Potomac and soon overshadowed Meade. Sauers chronicles the tense relationship that developed between the two men and the effect it had on the crucial last days of the war. Sauersas concise but authoritative biography sheds new light on one of the Civil Waras most significant leaders. His book, the only new biography of Meade to appear in over thirty years, should spark renewed study of this brave but overlooked general."

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I’ve come to enjoy Brassey’s Military Profiles series and picked up a slew of them on one of my recent trips to the local bookstore. And while “Meade: Victor at Gettysburg” by Richard A. Sauers is a ... Read full review


Chapter 1 The AntebellumYears
Chapter 2 The Pennsylvania Reserves
Chapter 3 Meades Brigade in Combat
Chapter 4 Higher Command
Chapter 5 Gettysburg
Chapter 6 From Gettysburg to Grant
Chapter 8 Petersburg
Chapter 9 The End of the Civil War
Chapter 10 Postwar Years
Bibliographic Note
About the Author

Chapter 7 The 1864 Campaign

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About the author (2003)

Sauers received his B.A. in history from Susquehanna University, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in history from Pennsylvania State University.

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