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

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

James M. McPherson
For those with time to read only one book about Gettysburg, this is the one.
author of Crossroads of Freedom: Antietam
Brooks D. Simpson
A succinct, provocative, and useful overview of the Gettysburg campaign, integrating recent scholarship into a lively narrative.
Arizona State University
H-Net: Humanities and Social Science Reviews Online
A clear and rather stirring story about the Battle of Gettysburg.
Civil War Book Review
Lucid and engrossing. An interesting, fast-paced, and efficient narration of the battle and the campaign.
Civil War Times
A good introductory history of the Gettysburg Campaign.
The Roanoke Times
A cogent but insightful account of one of the great clashes between North and South.
Journal Of Military History
A concise and scholarly synthesis that focuses on command decisions and performance, plus regimental and brigade encounters garnished by quotations from soldiers' letters that convey the range of individual experiences.
Army History
In Beneath a Northern Sky: A Short History of the Battle of Gettysburg, Steven E. Woodworth presents the battle clearly and concisely, no small achievement for only 219 pages. The treatment is of the whole rather than concentrating on individual aspects, with a fair analysis of the strategy and reasoning of the commanding generals. While the intent is an overview, nothing of importance is left out. The narrative is first rate and includes sufficient detail to hold the interest of the reader. . . . If you have to read only one book on this battle, be sure this is the one.
— James P. Weidener
H-Net: Humanities and Social Science Reviews Online
A clear and rather stirring story about the Battle of Gettysburg.
Journal of Military History
A concise and scholarly synthesis that focuses on command decisions and performance, plus regimental and brigade encounters garnished by quotations from soldiers' letters that convey the range of individual experiences.
James M. McPherson
For those with time to read only one book about Gettysburg, this is the one. In the huge literature on Gettysburg, Steven Woodworth's Beneath a Northern Sky stands out as a small but brilliant start. In little more than 200 pages it offers a gripping story of the campaign and battle.
Brooks D. Simpson
A succinct, provocative, and useful overview of the Gettysburg campaign, integrating recent scholarship into a lively narrative.
Mark Grimsley
Readers in search of a good, concise telling of the battle of Gettysburg can do no better than this excellent book.
Matt Gallman
Steven Woodworth, one of the most accomplished Civil War military historians of his generation, has made an important contribution to the already long shelf of books on the Battle of Gettysburg. Beneath a Northern Sky is a briskly paced, short history of the most studied battle of the American Civil War.
Army History - James P. Weidener
In Beneath a Northern Sky: A Short History of the Battle of Gettysburg, Steven E. Woodworth presents the battle clearly and concisely, no small achievement for only 219 pages. The treatment is of the whole rather than concentrating on individual aspects, with a fair analysis of the strategy and reasoning of the commanding generals. While the intent is an overview, nothing of importance is left out. The narrative is first rate and includes sufficient detail to hold the interest of the reader. . . . If you have to read only one book on this battle, be sure this is the one.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742559813
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/28/2008
  • Series: American Crisis Series: Books on the Civil War Era Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 248
  • Sales rank: 1,424,043
  • Product dimensions: 6.05 (w) x 9.05 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Steven E. Woodworth is professor of history at Texas Christian University, specializing in the Civil War and Reconstruction. He has written and edited several Civil War books, including Jefferson Davis and His Generals (1990), Davis and Lee at War (1995), and The Human Tradition in the Civil War and Reconstruction (2000).
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Table of Contents

Preface
List of Maps
Ch. 1 The Confidence of Certain Victory 1
Ch. 2 An Invading Army amongst Them 21
Ch. 3 They Will Come Booming 35
Ch. 4 I Will Fight Them Inch by Inch 47
Ch. 5 Like Grass before a Scythe 73
Ch. 6 Forward and Take Those Heights! 103
Ch. 7 One More Charge and the Day Is Ours 135
Ch. 8 Stay and Fight It Out 161
Ch. 9 The Appalling Grandeur of the Storm 181
Ch. 10 I Hope I May Live to See the End of the War 209
Bibliographical Essay 221
Index 225
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