Beneath a Northern Sky: A Short History of the Gettysburg Campaign / Edition 2

Beneath a Northern Sky: A Short History of the Gettysburg Campaign / Edition 2

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by Steven E. Woodworth
     
 

ISBN-10: 0742559815

ISBN-13: 9780742559813

Pub. Date: 02/28/2008

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

Of all the places and events in this nation's history, Gettysburg may well be the name best known to Americans. Millions flock each year to the little town in south-central Pennsylvania where more than 135 years ago the largest, bloodiest, and most dramatic battle of the Civil War raged across the now-peaceful hills and meadows. The subject of an epic movie and a

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Of all the places and events in this nation's history, Gettysburg may well be the name best known to Americans. Millions flock each year to the little town in south-central Pennsylvania where more than 135 years ago the largest, bloodiest, and most dramatic battle of the Civil War raged across the now-peaceful hills and meadows. The subject of an epic movie and a best-selling work of fiction, the battle continues to fascinate Americans. Indeed, for most Americans, Gettysburg is the Civil War.

In Beneath a Northern Sky: A Short History of the Gettysburg Campaign, eminent Civil War historian Steven Woodworth offers a balanced and thorough overview of the entire battle, its drama, and its meaning. From Lee's decision to take his heretofore successful Army of Northern Virginia across the Potomac and into Pennsylvania to the withdrawal of the battle-battered Confederate's back across the river into Virginia, Woodworth paints a vivid picture of this pivotal campaign. In this day-by-day account, he describes the fierce fighting that left 48,000 men dead or wounded at sites that have now become famous: Little Round Top, Cemetery Ridge, Devil's Den. This new book provides a realistic sequence of events surrounding the legendary Pickett's Charge, detailing the Confederate's magnificent display of courage and the Union's stalwart, rock-hard defense. Woodworth describes the strategic and tactical decision making and shows how infighting and disagreements among the leaders on both sides impacted the campaign. He details the mind set and morale of the soldiers, revealing how-surprisingly-Union leaders did not take advantage of their troops' high spirits after their victory to finish off the retreating Confederates.

Instead of focusing on only one aspect of the Gettysburg Campaign as most other books do, Beneath a Northern Sky tells the tale of the entire battle in a richly detailed but swiftly moving narrative. This new approach to a defining battle is sure to fascinate Civil War buffs and all those interested in the rich history of the United States.


About the Author

Eminent Civil War historian Steven E. Woodworth is the author of numerous books on the War, several of which have been Military Book Club and History Book Club selections, including Jefferson Davis and His Generals (1990), which was a main selection of History Book Club. He has also written numerous articles for Civil War magazines, including, Blue & Gray, America's Civil War and Civil War Times Illustrated. He is a professor at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780742559813
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
02/28/2008
Series:
American Crisis Series: Books on the Civil War Era Series
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
248
Sales rank:
1,116,556
Product dimensions:
6.05(w) x 9.05(h) x 0.67(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
List of Maps
Ch. 1The Confidence of Certain Victory1
Ch. 2An Invading Army amongst Them21
Ch. 3They Will Come Booming35
Ch. 4I Will Fight Them Inch by Inch47
Ch. 5Like Grass before a Scythe73
Ch. 6Forward and Take Those Heights!103
Ch. 7One More Charge and the Day Is Ours135
Ch. 8Stay and Fight It Out161
Ch. 9The Appalling Grandeur of the Storm181
Ch. 10I Hope I May Live to See the End of the War209
Bibliographical Essay221
Index225

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