A Field Guide to Gettysburg: Experiencing the Battlefield through Its History, Places, and People

A Field Guide to Gettysburg: Experiencing the Battlefield through Its History, Places, and People

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by Carol Reardon, Tom Vossler
     
 

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Field Guide to Gettysburg: Experiencing the Battlefield through Its History, Places, and People

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This new Field Guide is the best to appear on this subject in recent years. Highly recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above; general readers.--Choice

An attractive presentation--beautiful color photos and handsomely laid-out text--partners with a wealth of information on individuals, troop movements, and skirmishes, amounting to an indispensable guide to a major event in American history.--Booklist

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

A Field Guide to Gettysburg is well illustrated. . . . Even if you don't visit the battlefield, this guide will lead you through the events that took place there, step by step, battle by battle. . . .It makes you feel that the tour guide is talking to you, not that you're just reading a book.--Tennessee Libraries

[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

The authors have gone far beyond [a battlefield guide]. . . . An excellent source for Civil War buffs and anyone interested in the history and locale of Gettysburg.--Library Journal 2013 Best Reference Book

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

Reardon and Vossler's in-depth knowledge of the battle translates to an informative and even moving battlefield history.--The North Carolina Historical Review


"Not only describes the tactical fighting, but captures in brief biographies and personal accounts the human tragedy that befell both soldiers and civilians."--Jeffry D. Wert, author of A Glorious Army: Robert E. Lee's Triumph, 1862-1863
Library Journal
There is no shortage of battlefield guides to Gettysburg. But in addition to including the standard fare for such texts, the authors have gone far beyond. Reardon (history, Penn State; With a Sword in One Hand and Jomini in the Other) and Vossler (retired U.S. Army colonel and former director, U.S. Army Military History Inst.) provide 35 stops, allowing the reader to follow along on a self-guided tour. Sections for each stop contain several elements, including "Orientation"; "What Happened Here?"; "Who Fought Here?"; "Who Commanded Here?"; "Who Fell Here?"; "Who Lived Here?"; and "What Did They Say About It Later?" The volume concludes with "The Aftermath," which discusses the consequences of victory and defeat, as well as the direct impact of the battle on the town of Gettysburg itself. The numerous illustrations—both photographs and maps—help the reader to visualize the terrain, troop movements, and men involved. VERDICT An excellent source for Civil War buffs and anyone interested in the history and locale of Gettysburg.—Matthew Wayman, Pennsylvania State Univ. Lib., Schuylkill Haven

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ISBN-13:
9780807835258
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
06/13/2013
Edition description:
1
Pages:
464
Sales rank:
264,041
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

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Not only describes the tactical fighting, but captures in brief biographies and personal accounts the human tragedy that befell both soldiers and civilians.--Jeffry D. Wert, author of A Glorious Army: Robert E. Lee's Triumph, 1862-1863

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