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Author : Allen C. Guelzo
ISBN : 9780385349642
Genre : History
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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.

Lee S Real Plan At Gettysburg

Author : Troy D. Harman
ISBN : 0811700542
Genre : History
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Revisionist study of Gen. Robert E. Lee's true tactical plan for Gettysburg: his intention, throughout the battle, to converge his forces upon and to seize Cemetery Hill on the Union center. The author centers his study around a set of commonly held beliefs, among them a mistaken interpretation of Confederate general Robert E. Lee's goals for the battle.

The Killer Angels

Author : Michael Shaara
ISBN : 0345513738
Genre : Fiction
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“My favorite historical novel . . . a superb re-creation of the Battle of Gettysburg, but its real importance is its insight into what the war was about, and what it meant.”—James M. McPherson In the four most bloody and courageous days of our nation’s history, two armies fought for two conflicting dreams. One dreamed of freedom, the other of a way of life. Far more than rifles and bullets were carried into battle. There were memories. There were promises. There was love. And far more than men fell on those Pennsylvania fields. Bright futures, untested innocence, and pristine beauty were also the casualties of war. Michael Shaara’s Pulitzer Prize–winning masterpiece is unique, sweeping, unforgettable—the dramatic story of the battleground for America’s destiny. BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Jeff Shaara's Blaze of Glory.

Gettysburg The Final Fury

Author : Bruce Catton
ISBN : 9780345806062
Genre : History
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An incisive look at the turning point of the Civil War, when the great armies of the North and South came to Gettysburg in July 1863—from Pulitzer Prize winner Bruce Catton, one of the great historians of the Civil War. Engaging and authoritative, Catton analyzes the course of events at Gettysburg, clarifying its causes and bringing to life the most famous battle ever fought on American soil. Paying full heed to the human tragedies that occurred, Gettysburg: The Final Fury gives an hour-by-hour account of the three-day battle, from the skirmish that began the engagement, to Pickett’s ill-fated charge. Catton provides context for the fateful decisions made by each army’s commanders, and examines the battle’s military and political consequences, placing it within the larger narrative of the Civil War and American history. Described by The Chicago Tribune as “military history…at its best,” Gettysburg, The Final Fury is a classic. Features 41 illustrations and 5 maps. From the Trade Paperback edition.


Author : Newt Gingrich
ISBN : 142990464X
Genre : Fiction
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The Civil War is the American Iliad. Lincoln, Stonewall Jackson, Grant, and Lee still stand as heroic ideals, as stirring to our national memory as were the legendary Achilles and Hector to the world of the ancient Greeks. Within the story of our Iliad one battle stands forth above all others: Gettysburg. Millions visit Gettysburg each year to walk the fields and hills where Joshua Chamberlain made his legendary stand and Pickett went down to a defeat which doomed a nation, but in defeat forever became a symbol of the heroic Lost Cause. As the years passed, and the scars healed, the debate, rather than drifting away has intensified. It is the battle which has become the great "what if," of American history and the center of a dreamscape where Confederate banners finally do crown the heights above the town. The year is 1863, and General Robert E. Lee and his Army of Northern Virginia are poised to attack the North and claim the victory that would end the brutal conflict. But Lee's Gettysburg campaign ended in failure, ultimately deciding the outcome of the war. Launching his men into a vast sweeping operation, of which the town of Gettysburg is but one small part of the plan, General Lee, acting as he did at Chancellorsville, Second Manassas, and Antietam, displays the audacity of old. He knows he has but one more good chance to gain ultimate victory, for after two years of war the relentless power of an industrialized north is wearing the South down. Lee's lieutenants and the men in the ranks, imbued with this renewed spirit of the offensive embark on the Gettysburg Campaign that many dream "should have been." The soldiers in the line, Yank and Reb, knew as well that this would be the great challenge, the decisive moment that would decided whether a nation would die, or be created, and both sides were ready, willing to lay down their lives for their Cause. An action-packed and painstakingly researched masterwork by Newt Gingrich and William Forstchen, Gettysburg stands as the first book in a series to tell the story of how history could have unfolded, how a victory for Lee would have changed the destiny of the nation forever. This is a novel of true heroism and glory in America's most trying hour.

Barksdale S Charge

Author : Phillip Thomas Tucker
ISBN : 1612002277
Genre : History
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On the third day of Gettysburg, Robert E. Lee launched a magnificent attack. For pure pageantry it was unsurpassed, and it also marked the centerpiece of the war, both time-wise and in terms of how the conflict had turned a corner--from persistent Confederate hopes to impending Rebel despair. But Pickett''s Charge was crushed by the Union defenders that day, having never had a chance in the first place.The Confederacy''s real "high tide" at Gettysburg had come the afternoon before, during the swirling conflagration when Longstreet''s corps first entered the battle, when the Federals just barely held on. The foremost Rebel spearhead on that second day of the battle was Barksdale''s Mississippi brigade, which launched what one (Union) observer called the "grandest charge that was ever seen by mortal man."Barksdale''s brigade was already renowned in the Army of Northern Virginia for its stand-alone fights at Fredericksburg. On the second day of Gettysburg it was just champing at the bit to go in. The Federal left was not as vulnerable as Lee had envisioned, but had cooperated with Rebel wishes by extending its Third Corps into a salient. Hood''s crack division was launched first, seizing Devil''s Den, climbing Little Round Top, and hammering in the wheatfield.Then Longstreet began to launch McLaws'' division, and finally gave Barksdale the go-ahead. The Mississippians, with their white-haired commander on horseback at their head, utterly crushed the peach orchard salient and continued marauding up to Cemetery Ridge. Hancock, Meade, and other Union generals desperately struggled to find units to stem the Rebel tide. One of Barksdale''s regiments, the 21st Mississippi, veered off from the brigade in the chaos, rampaging across the field, overrunning Union battery after battery. The collapsing Federals had to gather men from four different corps to try to stem the onslaught.Barksdale himself was killed at the apex of his advance. Darkness, as well as Confederate exhaustion, finally ended the day''s fight as the shaken, depleted Federal units on their heights took stock. They had barely held on against the full ferocity of the Rebels, on a day that decided the fate of the nation. Barksdale''s Charge describes the exact moment when the Confederacy reached its zenith, and the soldiers of the Northern states just barely succeeded in retaining their perfect Union.REVIEWS "Phillip Tucker''s well-researched book provides a breathless account of what one Union officer called ''the grandest charge ever seen by mortal man.'' . . . Some 1,600 men raced across Emmitsburg Road and into the Peach Or zenith. Presenting an exhilarating narrative based on rigorous re-interpretation of historical sources, scholars and lay readers will soon recognize the Southern nation''s high water mark as the second day at Gettysburg. --Darryl E. Brock, co-author of Cubans in the Confederacy"The author of the acclaimed Exodus from the Alamo does more "mythbusting" in this superbly argued book. "Armchair Generalchard, assaulted the salient created by Sickles'' move forward, and drove Union forces back more than a mile. . . . But the complete breach of Maj. Gen. George Meade''s left-center, and an unobstructed path to Cemetery Ridge, was not to be."--Civil War Times"Launched from Seminary Ridge in the late afternoon as part of Longstreet''s assault, Barksdale''s brigade, with Barksdale himself riding at the head, overran the Sherfy farm and the Peach Orchard, captured the Trostle farm, and very nearly broke through the wreckage of the 3rd Corps to the Taneytown Road. In that event, the Army of the Potomac might have had little option but retreat. . . .Barksdale, frantic at how near he was to a complete breakthrough, was cut down by Union bullets. . . . Phillip Thomas Tucker takes up Barksdale''s cause with a vigor that would certainly have won the old fire-eater''s approval."--Alan C. Guelzo, author of the New York Times bestseller Gettysburg: The Last Invasion, in "Civil War News"Though long overshadowed by the more famous Pickett-Pettigrew-Trimble Charge of July 3, the advance of Barksdale''s men from Seminary Ridge, through the Peach Orchard, and across Plum Run toward Cemetery Ridge has been referred to as "the grandest charge ever seen by mortal man." Here for the first time is the story of Barksdale''s Mississippians and their gallant charge told with the detail and passion it so richly deserves. Phil Tucker has produced a wonderful addition to the library of the most discerning Gettysburg collector."Terrence Winschel, Historian (retired), Vicksburg National Military Park, Vicksburg, Mississippi"While Pickett''s Charge, on day three of Gettysburg, has received numerous book-length treatments and become a phrase for the ages, Barksdale''s charge the day before has not. Gen. William Barksdale, former secessionist U.S. Congressman, was in command of four Mississippi regiments in Lt. Gen. James Longstreet''s corps, directed to attack from the woods, wheel northward, and break the Union lines. Barksdale got the go-ahead to charge as dusk approached. On his horse driving his troops onward, he seemed to have the Federals on the run. It was this moment, says Tucker quite reasonably, that was really the high-water mark for the Confederacy rather than Pickett''s Charge the next day. Had Barksdale paused to regroup and then charge again, perhaps, perhaps.... But he spurred his troops on, was mortally wounded, and the Union forces were able to hold on to fight another day. Tucker sets his narrative within the context of the battles and personalities leading up to that day''s near victory for the Confederacy."--Library Journal"...Tucker gives a good sense of the men who led and fought in the Mississippi Brigade, He provides excellent detail on the areas they came from, as well as their socio-economic , demographic, religious and work backgrounds.... well researched and well written. It is an excellent addition to the library of those interested in the Battle of Gettysburg and Civil War enthusiasts in general.Blue and Gray Vol XXX11, #2Thanks to Tucker''s incisive analysis of the facts surrounding Gettysburg, Barksdale''s Mississippians will now stand tall, claiming from Pickett''s Virginians long-deserved recognition for having achieved the Confederacy''s true"...thoroughly researched..., analysis of the attack by Brigadier General William Barksdale''s Mississippi Brigade against Union forces in the Peach Orchard on the afternoon of July 2 presents substantial evidence for his claim that Barksdale''s attack "came closer to achieving decisive success and winning it all for the Confederacy than any other assault of the battle."... takes a detailed look at an event in a battle about which so much has been written."Gordon Berg, The Civil War Round Table of the District of Columbia"Wonderful writing with splendid pacing propels the author''s vivid account of Barksdale''s charge and the precise moment the confederate case reached its apex on the day that truly decided the state of the Union and the fate of the nation"ToySoldier and Model Figure"..a well researched, very readable enjoyable read. The history of the Mississippi brigade and its contributions is worth the purchase price. I think the historians have already decided Pickett charge was more important than Barksdale''s, but it made me reevaluate"Kepler''s Military History This is a superb book covering the charge that was made by Barksdale''s Mississippians on July 2nd, 1863. This is a "must have" book for your Confederate library. Lone Star

Revolutionary Summer

Author : Joseph J. Ellis
ISBN : 9780385349628
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A distinctive portrait of the crescendo moment in American history from the Pulitzer-winning American historian, Joseph Ellis. The summer months of 1776 witnessed the most consequential events in the story of our country’s founding. While the thirteen colonies came together and agreed to secede from the British Empire, the British were dispatching the largest armada ever to cross the Atlantic to crush the rebellion in the cradle. The Continental Congress and the Continental Army were forced to make decisions on the run, improvising as history congealed around them. In a brilliant and seamless narrative, Ellis meticulously examines the most influential figures in this propitious moment, including George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and Britain’s Admiral Lord Richard and General William Howe. He weaves together the political and military experiences as two sides of a single story, and shows how events on one front influenced outcomes on the other. Revolutionary Summer tells an old story in a new way, with a freshness at once colorful and compelling.

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