With more than fifty thousand casualties, the three-day confrontation at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania was the bloodiest battle of the Civil War and it was also the most critical. This 384-page paperback original by Civil War specialist Dr. Carol Reardon (Pickett's Charge; Launch the Intruders ) and battlefield guide William Voissler provides readers and Gettysburg visitors with a vivid sense of the unfolding events and key figures of this deadly, historic showdown. A key resource, especially pertinent on this 150th anniversary.
A Field Guide to Gettysburg: Experiencing the Battlefield through Its History, Places, and Peopleby Carol Reardon, Tom Vossler
In this lively guide to the Gettysburg battlefield, Carol Reardon and Tom Vossler invite readers to participate in a tour of this hallowed ground. Ideal for carrying on trips through the park as well as for the armchair historian, this book includes comprehensive maps and deft descriptions of the action that situate visitors in time and place. Crisp narratives
In this lively guide to the Gettysburg battlefield, Carol Reardon and Tom Vossler invite readers to participate in a tour of this hallowed ground. Ideal for carrying on trips through the park as well as for the armchair historian, this book includes comprehensive maps and deft descriptions of the action that situate visitors in time and place. Crisp narratives introduce key figures and events, and eye-opening vignettes help readers more fully comprehend the import of what happened and why. A wide variety of contemporary and postwar source materials offer colorful stories and present interesting interpretations that have shapedor reshapedour understanding of Gettysburg today.
Each stop addresses the following:
What happened here?
Who fought here?
Who commanded here?
Who fell here?
Who lived here?
How did participants remember this event?
Anyone planning to visit Gettysburg National Military Park should have this field guide with them.Army History
An extremely useful resource for making one's way intelligently across the battleground as well as a stirring account of the battle and its varied meanings in the past and present. . . . This unique book enables all readers to better comprehend the places, events, and memories that make up the battle of Gettysburg. As such, no matter how limited or extensive one's Civil War library, it deserves a special place on the shelf.Civil War Monitor
[The authors'] easy familiarity with the terrain, the historical facts of the battle, and eye-opening local anecdotes make the guide a valuable companion for first-time visitors, veteran battlefield trampers, as well as armchair explorers.The Civil War Round Table-District of Columbia
Reardon and Vossler's in-depth knowledge of the battle translates to an informative and even moving battlefield history.The North Carolina Historical Review
A comprehensive overview of one of North America's bloodiest battles.Jrnl of Southern History
The new standard for Gettysburg battlefield guides. . . . Terrific for those who want more and do not have a professional tour or staff ride leader to take them around the field.Civil War Monitor
I would wholeheartedly endorse that serious battlefield trampers give Reardon and Vossler's guide a trial run in the field. . . . There's also more than enough material inside the book for satisfactory home reading.Civil War Books and Authors
The most helpful book in understanding the field of battle at Gettysburg. . . . A superb and surprising addition to the library of Gettysburg books, valuable for the novice, the ardent Civil War buff, and the scholar alike.Civil War Book Review
For a useful and informative guide on the list of many people's favorite battle of the war, one cannot go wrong with this latest entry under the heading of battlefield touring. The book is recommended.The Journal of America's Military Past
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Meet the Author
Carol Reardon is George Winfree Professor of American History at Pennsylvania State University and author of four books, including With a Sword in One Hand and Jomini in the Other: The Problem of Military Thought in the Civil War North. She has taught at West Point and the U.S. Army War College, and she leads staff rides and tours of Gettysburg for many military and civilian groups.
Tom Vossler, a combat veteran and retired U.S. Army colonel, is former director of the U.S. Army Military History Institute. As a licensed battlefield guide, he leads over one hundred battlefield tours and leadership seminars each year.
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Excellent guide to the battlefield for all levels of visitors. Well done!