Brigades of Gettysburg: The Union and Confederate Brigades at the Battle of Gettysburg

Brigades of Gettysburg: The Union and Confederate Brigades at the Battle of Gettysburg

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by Bradley M. Gottfried
     
 

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Using a wealth of first-hand accounts, author Bradley M. Gottfried pieces together each brigade’s experience at Gettysburg. Whether stories of forced marches, weary troops, or the bitter and tragic end of the battle, you’ll experience every angle of this epic battle. Learn what happened when the guns stopped firing and the men were left with only

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Using a wealth of first-hand accounts, author Bradley M. Gottfried pieces together each brigade’s experience at Gettysburg. Whether stories of forced marches, weary troops, or the bitter and tragic end of the battle, you’ll experience every angle of this epic battle. Learn what happened when the guns stopped firing and the men were left with only boredom and dread of what was to come.

This collection is a lively and fascinating narrative that empowers the everyday men who fought furiously and died honorably. Every detail of the Battle of Gettysburg is included in this comprehensive chronicle.

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Publishers Weekly
Gottfried (Roads to Gettysburg) paints a fine-grained portrait of the decisive battle of the Civil War in this exhaustive, engrossing study. In vividly written narratives that draw heavily on first-hand accounts of the fighting, he recounts every brigade's training and prior history in combat, profiles its commanders and chronicles its experiences in the course of the battle. The conflict emerges less as a coherent whole than as a series of small, disjointed brigade-level actions-a perspective close to that of the soldiers, who had no grand overview to help them make sense of the unfolding battle. The result is a human-scale view of the varied experiences of the participants: the grueling marches, the effects of heat and exhaustion, which sometimes felled more soldiers than enemy bullets did, the occasionally prickly relations between officers and men, the tedium and anxiety as soldiers waited to go into action and the panic and elation when they did. Gottfried's treatment has its limitations: it is hard to follow the main "plot" of the battle, since no brigade witnessed more than a fragment of it, and the fine maps of individual battlefield sectors should have been supplemented with an overall map to orient readers. Those unfamiliar with the battle will need to consult a conventional history, but Civil War buffs will delight in this gripping addition to the literature of Gettysburg. (Dec.) Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781616084011
Publisher:
Skyhorse Publishing
Publication date:
02/01/2012
Pages:
704
Sales rank:
193,467
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.60(d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Bradley M. Gottfried is president of Sussex County Community College in New Jersey. He is the author of three Civil War books: The Battle of Gettysburg—A Guided Tour; Stopping Pickett: The History of the Philadelphia Brigade; and Roads to Gettysburg.

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Brigades of Gettysburg: The Union and Confederate Brigades at the Battle of Gettysburg 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
MikeMcGNY More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent addition to my civil war library. It details all the brigades including loses for both union and confederate units fighting at Gettysburg. I especially liked the one detailing our local unit that fought so heroically on Culp's hill.
Raider24 More than 1 year ago
Difficult to follow brigades unless you are familiar with the Gettysburg battlefield or have a battlefield map handy.