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Chancellorsville and Gettysburg
     

Chancellorsville and Gettysburg

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by Abner Doubleday
 

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General Abner Doubleday (1819–1893) is best known as the man who "invented" baseball, but his admirable service on behalf of the Union earned him a reputation as a solid commander and patriot. He saw action at Fort Sumter where he aimed the first gun fired against the rebellion; at Antietam, Fredericksburg, and Chancellorsville, where he lead the First and

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General Abner Doubleday (1819–1893) is best known as the man who "invented" baseball, but his admirable service on behalf of the Union earned him a reputation as a solid commander and patriot. He saw action at Fort Sumter where he aimed the first gun fired against the rebellion; at Antietam, Fredericksburg, and Chancellorsville, where he lead the First and later the Third Divisions of the First Corps of the Army of the Potomac; and finally at Gettysburg, where he commanded the entire First Corps after the death of General Reynolds early in the morning of the first day. Facing powerful assaults from Confederates, the outnumbered First Corps fought, under Doubleday's calm leadership, a valiant holding action that culminated in high casualties, but gave General Meade the crucial time he needed to reinforce the battlefield. Chancellorsville and Gettysburg, originally commissioned as part of the landmark Campaigns of the Civil War series, provides stern judgements of Generals Meade and Howard; astute insights into other generals such as Hooker, Reynolds, and Sickle; and penetrating, minute-by-minute analyses by a leading participant of these two pivotal battles. Although the fierce resistance by the First Corps during the bloody late afternoon of July 1 never received its due praise, Doubleday's account of Chancellorsville and Gettysburg stands as a passionate, uncompromising tribute.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781489574855
Publisher:
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Publication date:
05/26/2013
Pages:
218
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.46(d)

Meet the Author


Gary W. Gallagher, who wrote the introduction for this edition, is the author of a biography of Stephen Dodson Ramseur, and has edited a number of books on the Civil War, including Fighting for the Confederacy: The Personal Recollections of General Edward Porter Alexander.

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Chancellorsville and Gettysburg 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Father_of_5_Boys More than 1 year ago
I love first-person accounts of Civil War battles, because you can get in-depth into one person's perspective rather than a broad overview written by a historian. I liked the fact that Doubleday didn't pull any punches either - he let you know where he thought certain things went wrong and who he thought was responsible. The difficult thing with first-person accounts like this is that they are always so detailed in terms of the alignment of regiments, brigades, corps, etc. and they almost always lack adequate maps, so unless you have an intimate knowledge of the battlefield they are talking about, it can be very difficult to follow what happened. I've been to Gettysburg a lot (actually lived there for a time), so I have a pretty good feel for the landscape, but even then it was hard to keep up with some of the movements described in the book. I'm really looking forward to going back to the battlefield and taking this book with me and reading parts of it while I'm standing in the field so I can visualize what happened. (The book is pretty compact, so that's good too cause it won't be a pain to lug around.) I'm really looking forward to heading out to McPherson's Ridge and Seminary Ridge and taking another look at the first day's battle. That's where Doubleday was heavily involved and his descriptions of what took place are really good.
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