The Colors of Courage: Gettysburg's Forgotten History: Immigrants, Women, and African Americans in the Civil War's Defining Battle

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Basic Books, 2006 - History - 321 pages
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In the summer of 1863, as Union and Confederate armies converged on southern Pennsylvania, the town of Gettysburg found itself thrust onto the center stage of war. The three days of fighting that ensued decisively turned the tide of the Civil War. In The Colors of Courage, Margaret Creighton narrates the tale of this crucial battle from the viewpoint of three unsung groups--women, immigrants, and African Americans--and reveals how wide the conflict's dimensions were. A historian with a superb flair for storytelling, Creighton draws on memoirs, letters, diaries, and newspapers to bring to life the individuals at the heart of her narrative. The Colors of Courage is a stunningly fluid work of original history-one that redefines the Civil War's most remarkable battle.

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Review: The Colors of Courage: Gettysburg's Forgotten History: Immigrants, Women, and African Americans in the Civil War's Defining Battle

User Review  - Anne Gray - Goodreads

I have recently moved to York, PA, which is just down the road from Gettysburg, and is in fact one of the purported targets of the Confederate Army that amassed in Gettysburg and was defeated there ... Read full review

Review: The Colors of Courage: Gettysburg's Forgotten History: Immigrants, Women, and African Americans in the Civil War's Defining Battle

User Review  - Chi Dubinski - Goodreads

An examination of the Battle of Gettysburg with the emphasis on the immigrants who fought as soldiers (especially the Germans), African-Americans, and women. Oshkoshers might be interested in the ... Read full review

Contents

The Lay of the Land
3
CHAPTER ONE An Afternoon in the Badlands
9
CHAPTER TWO The Season of Disbelief
33
CHAPTER THREE Desolations Edge
49
CHAPTER FOUR Flying Thick Like Blackbirds
71
CHAPTER FIVE Bold Acts
97
CHAPTER SIX The Wide Eye of the Storm
123
CHAPTER SEVEN The Aftermath
145
CHAPTER EIGHT The Seesaw of Honor or How the Pigpen
163
CHAPTER NINE Women and Remembrance
185
CHAPTER TEN Making a Living on Hallowed Land
207
Afterword
233
Bibliography
293
Acknowledgments
309
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Margaret S. Creighton is Professor of History at Bates College. The author of Rites and Passages: The Experience of American Whaling , and co-editor of Iron Men, Wooden Women: Gender and Seafaring in the Atlantic World, 1700-1920 . She lives in Yarmouth, Maine.

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