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Children's LiteratureBased on January's account, it seems that if the support that General Lee expected from General Pickett had been forthcoming, the outcome of the Battle of Gettysburg would have been different. The battle, which lasted only three days, is considered one of the greatest and costliest of the Civil War in terms of loss of life on both sides. The detailed and rich illustrations of maps, paintings and pictures of the generals and soldiers complement the text which gives details on how and why the battle started, the events of the battle itself and how it influenced United States history. The battlefield has since been established as the Gettysburg National Military Park. It is reported that approximately two million people visit the site annually. A number of years ago, on New Years day, my husband and I visited the site. The ground was covered with snow and it was cold and windy. As we walked through the site, we observed the graves arranged according to the soldiers home states. It was nice to be able to honor those who took part in such an important event in United States history. Additional resources are also given in this title. 2004, White-Thomson Publishing Limited/Enchanted Lion Books, Ages 13 to 16.