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Gettysburg Battlefield: The Definitive Illustrated History
     

Gettysburg Battlefield: The Definitive Illustrated History

by David Eicher, James McPherson (Foreword by), Lee Vande (Other)
 
Gettysburg Battlefield is the definitive illustrated history of the largest and deadliest military campaign ever waged in the Western Hemisphere. It was fought 140 years ago this July, in the farmlands of Pennsylvania. Years in the making, it draws together the most complete collection of Gettysburg imagery ever published in a single volume along with a robust

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Gettysburg Battlefield is the definitive illustrated history of the largest and deadliest military campaign ever waged in the Western Hemisphere. It was fought 140 years ago this July, in the farmlands of Pennsylvania. Years in the making, it draws together the most complete collection of Gettysburg imagery ever published in a single volume along with a robust narrative. The author takes the reader on a day-by-day journey through the battle, illustrated throughout with more than 480 photographs, many of them rare, including shots of Robert E. Lee and George Meade. Two visual features of this book are particularly compelling: Period photographs of key battlefield sites - taken just as the guns stilled - are juxtaposed with images of those same sites today. Three-dimensional maps were created especially for this book and offer a distinctive perspective on military strategy. Essays by civil war experts and a foreword by historian James M. McPherson complete this handsome and authoritative history. An essential addition to the Civil War library, Gettysburg Battlefield is a compelling chronicle of a legendary conflict and the ultimate pictorial record.

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From the Publisher
The Civil War changed the course of America, and, the battle that changed the course of the war was fought on farmland at Gettysburg, Pa. That battle is re-created in "Gettysburg Battlefield: The Definitive Illustrated History" by David J. Eicher, with a foreword by Civil War historian James M. McPherson. In three days, July 1-3, 1863, nearly 8,000 died and another 38,000 were missing or wounded.
With essays by 15 Civil War historians and nearly 500 illustrations, the book takes readers from the Confederate army's northward march, through three days of fierce fighting and to the Union victory and Confederate retreat.
Among the visuals are maps with cutaway views to show the role topography played, side-by-side photos of key sites at battle's end and the same sites today, and thumbnail photos and sketches of monuments and sites, and of the battle's key participants. - Chicago Tribune

Here is one of the most exciting and best-executed Civil War picture books to be published since the American Heritage Picture History of the Civil War by Bruce Calton 40 years ago. It's a new benchmark against which future volumes of its kind will be judged. David J. Eicher's Gettysburg Battlefield is just what the title claims it to be: definitive. This is surely one of the most attractively designed books about a Civil War battle ever published, blending contemporary and period photographs to create the most complete photographic coverage of Gettysburg to date.

The work owes a debt to Gettysburg, A Journey in Time by William A. Frassanito, and, indeed, Eicher acknowledges Frassanito's groundbreaking research again and again as he compares views of the battlefield taken in the 1860's and afterward with gorgeous color photographs shot in the past few years. There is no attempt to duplicate Frassanito's work; Gettysburg Battlefield updates and supplements it. One delightful surprise is the large number of photos that many readers will not have seen before. Also welcome are the photos enlarged to show obscure detail.

Gettysburg Battlefield is a thorough and meticulously researched history as well. Eicher retells the story of the battle in vibrant prose, offering the best and latest Civil War scholarship to sort the considerable amounts of legend that the battle has accreted over 150 years. Assisting in the storytelling are handsome, full-color, three-dimensional maps by Lee Vande Visse. They recall the work in the American Heritage history of four decades ago. Visse's maps are profusely labeled and greatly enhance understanding of the complex battle.

Perhaps Eicher's greatest achievement is communicating that special, indefinable something that you feel when you visit Gettysburg in person. Lincoln described the ground as "consecrated...far above our poor power to add or detract." No volume has ever transmitted that sensation better than this one. This is a must have book. - Civil War Times

The Los Angeles Times
War photography came of age in the Civil War. Exposure times were far too long to capture actual combat, but many thousands of shots survive of posing soldiers and regiments, camps and battlefields, steamship landings and railroad depots, and, most memorably, of dead men decomposing where they fell. Such period photographs constitute the main appeal of David J. Eicher's Gettysburg Battlefield, by far the best of the several new Gettysburg coffee-table books. — John Rhodehamel

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780811828680
Publisher:
Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date:
02/15/2003
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
1.00(w) x 1.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

David J. Eicher is the author of several books on the Civil War, among them The Longest Night and Civil War High Commands. He lives in Wisconsin.

James M. McPherson is a professor of American history at Princeton University and the author of numerous important books on the Civil War, including the Pulitzer Prize winning Battle Cry of Freedom.

Lee Vande Visse is a professional illustrator and graphic designer with a longtime interest in Civil War history.

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