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Complete Gettysburg Guide: Walking and Driving Tours of the Battlefield, Town, Cemeteries, Field Hospital Sites, and other Topics of Historical Interest

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Winner of The Army Historical Foundation Distinguished Writing Award, for Reference, 2009.

Some two million people visit the battlefield at Gettysburg each year. It is one of the most popular historical destinations in the United States. Most visitors tour the field by following the National Park Service?s suggested auto tour. The standard tour, however, skips crucial monuments, markers, battle actions, town sites, hospital locations, and other hidden historical gems that should...

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Overview

Winner of The Army Historical Foundation Distinguished Writing Award, for Reference, 2009.

Some two million people visit the battlefield at Gettysburg each year. It is one of the most popular historical destinations in the United States. Most visitors tour the field by following the National Park Service’s suggested auto tour. The standard tour, however, skips crucial monuments, markers, battle actions, town sites, hospital locations, and other hidden historical gems that should be experienced by everyone. These serious oversights are fully rectified in The Complete Gettysburg Guide, penned by noted Gettysburg historian J. David Petruzzi and illustrated with the lavish, full-color photography and maps (70) of Civil War cartographer Steven Stanley.

Complete, detailed, and up-to-date, The Complete Gettysburg Guide: Walking and Driving Tours of the Battlefield, Town, Cemeteries, Field Hospital Sites, and other Topics of Historical Interest includes:

- Detailed driving and walking tours of the entire battlefield (including obscure sites that even veteran visitors miss or never hear about);
- A tour of every identified field hospital site for both armies;
- Tours of the National Cemetery and the town’s Evergreen Cemetery;
- A tour of the town of Gettysburg, including sites of historical interest before and after the battle;
- Outlying battlefields including the June 26, 1863 skirmish site, East Cavalry Field, South Cavalry Field, Hunterstown, Hanover, and Fairfield;
- And a special tour of the various rock carvings on the battlefield, many of which were created by returning veterans and pre-date most of the monuments.

Every student of Gettysburg, novice and expert alike, will want to learn from, enjoy, and treasure The Complete Gettysburg Guide. No visitor to Gettysburg will want to be without it.

About the Authors: J. David Petruzzi is widely recognized as one of the country’s leading Gettysburg experts. In addition to his numerous articles for a wide variety of publications, he is the author (with Eric Wittenberg) of bestsellers Plenty of Blame to Go Around: Jeb Stuart’s Controversial Ride to Gettysburg (Savas Beatie, 2006) and (with Wittenberg and Michael Nugent) One Continuous Fight: The Retreat From Gettysburg and the Pursuit of Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia, July 4-14, 1863 (Savas Beatie, 2008). Petruzzi is also a popular speaker on the Civil War Roundtable circuit and regularly conducts tours of Civil War battlefields.

Steven Stanley lives in Gettysburg and is a graphic artist specializing in historical map design and battlefield photography. His maps, considered among the best in historical cartography, have been a longtime staple of the Civil War Preservation Trust and have helped raised millions of dollars for the Trust through their preservation appeals and interpretation projects. Steve’s maps have appeared in a wide variety of publications.

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WINNER FOR REFERENCE, 2009, ARMY HISTORICAL FOUNDATION DISTINGUISHED BOOK AWARD
"Together, the text and maps contained in The Complete Gettysburg Guide create one of the most useful and comprehensive guides of America’s largest and bloodiest battlefield available today."
Eric A. Campbell, Park Ranger-Historian, Gettysburg National Military Park

“The Complete Gettysburg Guide has something for everyone, whether they are a serious student of the battle or visiting the battlefield for the first time. The easy-to-understand guidebook not only provides readers with a comprehensive history of the battle, but also enables visitors to see some of the unusual or often overlooked features the National Park has to offer. Further, the accompanying images and well-researched maps bring the 3-day struggle to life for the modern battlefield traveler.”
Jim Campi, Policy and Communications Director, Civil War Preservation Trust

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932714630
  • Publisher: Savas Beatie
  • Publication date: 7/11/2009
  • Series: American Battle Series
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 353,978
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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  • Posted July 28, 2009

    Great Battlefield Book for all

    This is a book which whether you are an experienced field stomper or just getting started you will be extremely satisfied. Combining history with specific tours, great maps (Steve Stanley..great job!!) and inclusion of some areas not usually covered in books of this type...Go ahead and order this book, you will not be dissappointed. J.D Petruzzi has put together a great book and you can't go wrong reading any of his other titles. Let's hope this duo continues this type of guide for other battlefields!

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  • Posted August 10, 2009

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    pick this up

    anyone who is going to,been to,or plans to go to gettysburg should pick this up...great book,tours are great,very informative and interesting.photos and side notes are great...maps have regiment detail...which i love...worth the price tag...

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 9, 2009

    A Home Run!

    After reading a copy of the book I purchased from the authors directly, I bought a second copy from my local Barnes & Noble. As we use to say in the retail trade - 'one to show and one to go'. Yeah, I may be a little overboard having two copies, but I spend a good amount of time walking the Gettysburg battlefield in all types of weather, so it makes sense for me to have a touring copy which I can use and abuse. David Petruzzi's research is to be admired and his clear and consice writing style compliments Steven Stanley's state of the art maps, and there are many of them, which is critical to any superior guide book. Yes, these gentlemen have hit a home run.

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  • Posted August 6, 2009

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    A great Battlefield Guide

    I first visited Gettysburg 36 years ago when I was 10 years old and wish I had access to a book like this back then. The maps, the photos, and the narrative are clear and concise and very well done. What I love about this book is the message of getting out of your vehicle and walking the ground where the fighting took place. Too many visit Gettysburg without walking the fields but this book will entice folks to get out of the car and wander the field.

    Highly recommended and you won't be disappointed.

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  • Posted July 29, 2009

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    The ONE Gettysburg guide book to own!

    There are more than 1,000 books that have been written on the Battle of Gettysburg, the majority (including my three) in the past 20-30 years. Yet, there remains a strong market for new material on the battle and campaign, or for fresh, creative approaches to present and interpret well known, time honored material. Pennsylvania Civil War authors J. David Petruzzi and Steven Stanley have succeeded on both counts with their excellent new book, The Complete Gettysburg Guide.

    Blending some of the best maps and color graphics ever seen in a Gettysburg battlefield guidebook with crisp, concise and enjoyable text, Stanley and Petruzzi have generated what will surely come to be regarded as the ultimate Gettysburg overview and guide. Already scores of battlefield trampers have used this book to help them interpret what happened on the hallowed grounds of the Gettysburg National Military Park, as well as some obscure sites outside the park limits that the authors include in their well crafted series of automobile tours of the area.

    Gettysburg resident Steve Stanley's excellent maps have graced several books and publications in the past decade, and he has become regarding as one of the finest graphic artists / cartographers in the Civil War industry today. This book may be his penultimate achievement, as the scores of color maps that dot this book bring the troop movements, terrain, linear obstacles such as fences and stone walls, and road network to life in a fashion that is both highly readable and very accurate, as accurate as can be interpreted nearly 150 years after the guns fell silent. Primary text writer J. D. Petruzzi has co-written two previous books on the Gettysburg Campaign, one on the movements of Stuart's cavalry and one on the retreat to Virginia following Gettysburg. Now, in perhaps his finest effort to date, he fills in what happened during the battle and its immediate prelude and postlude.

    The focal point of The Complete Gettysburg Guide is a series of automobile tours not only of the battlefield proper, but perhaps more importantly, the authors break new ground by including sites in the town of Gettysburg itself, as well as nearby field hospitals of the various corps of the two warring armies. Tours include several seldom visited cemeteries that played a role in the campaign, and some rather obscure sites associated with the skirmishing of June 26 and the cavalry fights at Hunterstown, Brinkerhoff's Ridge, and Fairfield.

    The title is self-encompassing -- this truly is the COMPLETE Gettysburg Guide, as there are few areas of significant historical interest within the immediate Gettysburg area that Petruzzi and Stanley have missed. It is likely that for most Gettysburg buffs, this book will soon become dogeared and worn from lots of field use, as, while it's outstanding reading sitting by the fireplace, it's destined to find its most valuable usage as a field guide, meant to be carried along while touring or tramping Gettysburg's fields and roadways. Buy two copies - one to keep as a reference book at home, and one to stash in the car or SUV for those road trips.

    Published by Savas Beattie of El Dorado Hills, California, The Complete Gettysburg Guide is the one book to buy this summer on the Gettysburg Campaign.

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  • Posted June 29, 2009

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    Complete is correct!

    My Gettysburg Battlefield Guides range from the U.S. Army War College Guide for serious students and army officers to four-dollar stapled pamphlets. They range from first person accounts drawn from the Official Records to little more than what is on the face of the monuments. Each guide has something to recommend it, being unique in its' own way. All the guides cover the second and third days fighting in an around the town. Most cover the East Cavalry Field and some cover Farnsworth's Charge. The better guides cover the first days battle too. This is the standard expected of a Gettysburg guide and what we base our judgment on.
    I have not seen a guide that covers the Marsh Creek Skirmish of June 26 until now. Nor do I recall a guide that provides tours of Hunterstown and Fairfield. I have never seen a tour of the field hospital sites either. How about a tour of the town with 22 stops and 9 additional sites of buildings with artillery shells? You will not find this in any guide I know of. There are two tours of cemeteries. One is of the Soldiers' National Cemetery; the second is of Gettysburg's Evergreen Cemetery. Both are unique and a valuable addition to any stay at Gettysburg. Another unique item is "Stories in Stone: Rock Carvings on the Gettysburg Battlefield". This part of the book contains a series of "Let's Find It!" paragraphs that will have us scrambling over rocks playing detective and having a great time. The heart of the book is two tours: 110 pages of text explain 30 stops covering the three-day battle in and around the town. Driving instructions are exact, complete with parking areas, warnings about traffic and private property.
    The maps are excellent! Steven Stanley is a master mapmaker and he displays his talents here. Linked to tour stops, the maps are clear easy to use and to the point. Savas Beatie is a publisher who understands the importance of maps and refuses to short change the reader in this area. They map, early and often.
    Photographs move this guide into a class all by itself! The book contains a series of full color photos by Steven Stanley showing the park in all seasons and a large number of historic views illustrating the development of the park. Stanley's photos are a problem; they will take your attention away from the text. You simply cannot ignore them! I found myself turning the pages just looking at his photographs and maps.
    The text is a joy to read! J. David Petruzzi is an excellent author and has a sure grasp of the battle. The result is a narration that is both informative and readable. His directions are concise and highlighted for ease of use. His battle narration is at the correct level of detail, giving us the information needed without bogging down or overwhelming us. Throughout the guide are little trivia items that are great fun.
    After telling you all the good things, this book has a major flaw. With this much detail, with so many side tours and out of the way places: you will need several more days at Gettysburg. This is the most enjoyable Gettysburg Guide I have seen. It works as a guide, as a photo book and as a history of the battle. It is "complete" and a must have item for your Gettysburg library.

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  • Posted May 26, 2009

    Excellent Tour Resource!

    During my visit to Gettysburg the week prior to Memorial Day, I was fortunate to obtain a copy of "The Complete Gettysburg Guide". I have traveled to Gettysburg before and used one of the popular CD auto tour guides to see the battlefield. While that is an excellent way to get a very broad overview of the fighting at each tour stop on the battlefield, I found that it lacked much depth and provided very few human interest stories. For this most recent trip to the battlefield, I was determined to learn more than what is provided in the CD auto tour. After much searching on the internet, the description of "The Complete Gettysburg Guide" really caught my attention.

    The book more or less covers the following touring topics: 1) The main battlefield 2) Outlying battlefields (the Calvary battlefields, Fairfield, Hunterstown, etc) 3) Field Hospital Sites 4) National and Evergreen Cemeteries 5) Town of Gettysburg and 6) Rock Carvings. Of the 284 pages, less than half (109 pages) focus on the main battlefield tour. The other 175 pages cover the other five topics. While the book goes into very good detail on the main battlefield, one of its main strengths is giving the other additional educational tours of the area to provide a very well rounded and more in depth education than any other tour guide I have seen on Gettysburg. I found the book to be most beneficial when touring the areas of the Longstreet's assault on July 2nd, in particular the Wheatfield. Most people I think spend about twice as much time staring off the summit of Little Round Top than they do touring the Wheatfield. As any Gettysburg enthusiast knows, the Wheatfield was by far one of the more bloody and heavily contested pieces of land of the whole battle (Little Round Top was a skirmish compared to the Wheatfield). The battle waged back and forth over the area of the Wheatfield and the surrounding outlying areas. The book gives very good information on what happed in this area by stages of battle. The color maps were very informative and provided an extra level of detail that you can not find on the standard black and white maps in most tour books.

    While my main focus was the main battlefield, I was able to do portions of the other tour topics and found them to be a great experience (in particular the Cemeteries tour). When I visit Gettysburg again, I would like to do more of the town tour and the outlying battlefields tours.

    If your main interest is in the main battlefield only, I would still strongly recommend this book. The main battlefield tour is divided into two sections: July 1st and July 2nd-3rd. The July 1st tour has 12 tour stops, and the July 2nd-3rd tour has 18 tour stops.. The book gives great background information at each tour stop and the maps are fantastic in helping someone understand the movement of troups at each stop. The book also gives multiple stories of the personal lives that were affected by the battle in various ways. These human interest stories add a lot to the learning experience of the tour.

    Whether you are looking for a casual tour of the battlefield or something more in depth, I would strongly recommend this book. While it is laid out in a simple to follow format, it provides very good depth in its writing and quantity of maps to make your touring experience most enjoyable and educational.

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