Gettysburg--Culp's Hill and Cemetery Hill

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UNC Press Books, Jul 1, 2011 - History - 528 pages
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In this companion to his celebrated earlier book, Gettysburg--The Second Day, Harry Pfanz provides the first definitive account of the fighting between the Army of the Potomac and Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia at Cemetery Hill and Culp's Hill--two of the most critical engagements fought at Gettysburg on 2 and 3 July 1863. Pfanz provides detailed tactical accounts of each stage of the contest and explores the interactions between--and decisions made by--generals on both sides. In particular, he illuminates Confederate lieutenant general Richard S. Ewell's controversial decision not to attack Cemetery Hill after the initial southern victory on 1 July. Pfanz also explores other salient features of the fighting, including the Confederate occupation of the town of Gettysburg, the skirmishing in the south end of town and in front of the hills, the use of breastworks on Culp's Hill, and the small but decisive fight between Union cavalry and the Stonewall Brigade.



 

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Contents

1 Two Generals and Their Armies
1
2 The Only Position
15
3 Ewell and Howard Collide
31
4 Retreat to Cemetery Hill
45
5 The Rebels Take the Town
59
6 Ewell Hesitates
71
7 Slocum and Hancock Reach the Field
88
8 Getting Ready for the Fight
106
15 Cemetery HillThe Repulse
263
16 Gulps HillJohnsons Assault 3 July
284
17 The Last Attacks
310
18 Counterattacks near Spanglers Spring
328
19 3 July Mostly Afternoon
353
20 Epilogue
365
Appendix A Spanglers Spring
377
Appendix B Two Controversies
379

9 Skirmishers Sharpshooters and Civilians
129
10 Brinkerhoff s Ridge
153
11 The Artillery 2 July
168
12 Blunder on the Right
190
13 Johnson Attacks
205
14 Early Attacks Cemetery Hill
235
Army of the Potomac and Army of Northern Virginia 13 July 1863
383
Notes
407
Bibliography
471
Index
489
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Harry W. Pfanz is author of Gettysburg--The First Day and Gettysburg--The Second Day. A lieutenant, field artillery, during World War II, he served for ten years as a historian at Gettysburg National Military Park and retired from the position of Chief Historian of the National Park Service in 1981.

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