Decisions at Gettysburg: The Nineteen Critical Decisions That Defined the Campaign

Decisions at Gettysburg: The Nineteen Critical Decisions That Defined the Campaign

by Matt Spruill
     
 

ISBN-10: 1572337451

ISBN-13: 9781572337459

Pub. Date: 03/16/2011

Publisher: University of Tennessee Press

The Campaign and Battle of Gettysburg have inspired scrutiny from virtually every angle. Standing out amid the voluminous scholarship, this book is not merely one more narrative history of the events that transpired before, during, and after those three momentous July days in southern Pennsylvania. Rather, it focuses on and analyzes nineteen critical decisions by

Overview

The Campaign and Battle of Gettysburg have inspired scrutiny from virtually every angle. Standing out amid the voluminous scholarship, this book is not merely one more narrative history of the events that transpired before, during, and after those three momentous July days in southern Pennsylvania. Rather, it focuses on and analyzes nineteen critical decisions by Union and Confederate commanders that determined the particular ways in which those events unfolded.

Matt Spruill contends that, among the many decisions made during any military campaign, a limited number-strategic, operational, tactical, organizational-make the difference, with subsequent decisions and circumstances proceeding from those defining moments. At Gettysburg, he contends, had any of the nineteen decisions he identifies not been made and/or another decision made in its stead, all sorts of events from those decision points on would have been different and the campaign and battle as we know it today would appear differently.

Along with his insightful analysis of the nineteen decisions, Spruill includes a valuable appendix that takes the battlefield visitor to the actual locations where the decisions were made or executed. This guide features excerpts from primary documents that further illuminate the ways in which the commanders saw situations on the ground and made their decisions accordingly.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781572337459
Publisher:
University of Tennessee Press
Publication date:
03/16/2011
Edition description:
1
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Preface xi

Introduction 1

1 Before the Battle 5

2 Wednesday, July 1, 1863 25

3 Thursday, July 2, 1863 49

4 Friday, July 3, 1863, and Afterward 79

Conclusion 91

Appendix I A Battlefield Guide to the Critical Decisions at Gettysburg 97

Appendix II Union Order of Battle 137

Appendix III Confederate Order of Battle 155

Notes 169

Bibliography 183

Index 191

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