Gettysburg--Culp's Hill and Cemetery Hill

Gettysburg--Culp's Hill and Cemetery Hill

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by Harry W. Pfanz
     
 

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In this companion to his celebrated earlier book, Gettysburg—The Second Day, Harry Pfanz provides the first definitive account of the fighting between the Army of the Potomac and Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia at Cemetery Hill and Culp's Hill—two of the most critical engagements fought at Gettysburg on 2 and 3 July 1863.

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In this companion to his celebrated earlier book, Gettysburg—The Second Day, Harry Pfanz provides the first definitive account of the fighting between the Army of the Potomac and Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia at Cemetery Hill and Culp's Hill—two of the most critical engagements fought at Gettysburg on 2 and 3 July 1863.

Pfanz provides detailed tactical accounts of each stage of the contest and explores the interactions between—and decisions made by—generals on both sides. In particular, he illuminates Confederate lieutenant general Richard S. Ewell's controversial decision not to attack Cemetery Hill after the initial southern victory on 1 July. Pfanz also explores other salient features of the fighting, including the Confederate occupation of the town of Gettysburg, the skirmishing in the south end of town and in front of the hills, the use of breastworks on Culp's Hill, and the small but decisive fight between Union cavalry and the Stonewall Brigade.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
A definitive reconstruction of the fighting in a sector which has been neglected by historians. . . . A book that Civil War buffs and scholars will greet with enthusiasm. (Publishers Weekly)

A meticulous examination of the desperate engagements that over the course of the three days swept up and down the rough slopes of these two hills, the strategic anchors of the Union right flank. (New York Times Book Review)

Authoritative, exhaustive, and interesting. (Journal of American History)

Civil War enthusiasts should clear a space on their bookshelf for Gettysburg—Culp's Hill and Cemetery Hill and place it next to the author's first work. (Blue and Gray)

Rich with astute judgments about officers on each side, clearly written, and graced with excellent maps, Pfanz's book is tactical history at its finest. (Civil War)

New York Times Book Review
A meticulous examination of the desperate engagements that over the course of the three days swept up and down the rough slopes of these two hills, the strategic anchors of the Union right flank.
Civil War
Rich with astute judgments about officers on each side, clearly written, and graced with excellent maps, Pfanz's book is tactical history at its finest.
Journal of American History
Authoritative, exhaustive, and interesting.
Blue and Gray
Civil War enthusiasts should clear a space on their bookshelf for Gettysburg—Culp's Hill and Cemetery Hill and place it next to the author's first work.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Pfanz follows Gettysburg--The Second Day with a definitive reconstruction of the fighting in a sector which has been neglected by historians. In early July 1863, the Union right wing was based on Cemetery Hill and Culp's Hill. Had the Confederates broken through these positions, Pickett's charge would have been unnecessary. The South nearly succeeded in a series of attacks between July 1 and 3. Pfanz describes Richard Ewell's failure to storm Cemetery Hill on July 1 as a reflection of command friction rather than of incompetence. It nevertheless gave Union troops the respite they needed. Pfanz, a master at describing the tactical details that shaped Civil War battles, is especially adept at evaluating the commanders. Union generals Alpheus Williams and Adolph von Stinewehr and Confederates like ``Maryland'' Steuart and ``Extra Billy'' Smith emerge in full dimension in a book that Civil War buffs and scholars will greet with enthusiasm. (Jan.)
Booknews
In this companion to his earlier Gettysburg--The Second Day, Pfanz provides an authoritative account of the fighting between the Army of the Potomac and Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia at Cemetery Hill and Culp's Hill, two of the most critical engagements at Gettysburg on 2 and 3 July 1863. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807849965
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
07/02/2001
Series:
Civil War America Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
528
Sales rank:
501,260
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.57(d)

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
Maintains the superior standard the author achieved with his earlier book on the second day's battle. . . . Rich with astute judgments about officers on each side, clearly written, and graced with excellent maps, Pfanz's book is tactical history at its finest.—Civil War

The definitive work on the fighting which took place on July 2 and 3, 1863. . . . An eminently readable history.—Indiana Magazine of History

Authoritative, exhaustive, and interesting.—Journal of American History

The first and most comprehensive narrative yet written on this part of the battlefield. . . . Civil War enthusiasts should clear a space on their bookshelf for Gettysburg—Culp's Hill and Cemetery Hill and place it next to the author's first work.—Blue and Gray

A definitive reconstruction of the fighting in a sector which has been neglected by historians. . . . A book that Civil War buffs and scholars will greet with enthusiasm.—Publishers Weekly

This book will easily become a basic reference work for the most written-about battle in American history. It will also become popular because it is so readable.—James Robertson, Richmond Times-Dispatch

A meticulous examination of the desperate engagements that over the course of the three days swept up and down the rough slopes of these two hills, the strategic anchors of the Union right flank.—New York Times Book Review

Meet the Author

Harry W. Pfanz is author of Gettysburg—The First Day and Gettysburg—The Second Day. A lieutenant, field artillery, during World War II, he served for ten years as a historian at Gettysburg National Military Park and retired from the position of Chief Historian of the National Park Service in 1981.

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Gettysburg-Culp's Hill and Cemetery Hill 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a indispensable book for the serious Gettysburg freak, which I am, and that's why I gave it 5 stars. It is far more informative than entertaining. If you want to be entertained, I recommend "The Flying Dutchmen" by Suhrer.
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meade1 More than 1 year ago
I bought this on my last trip to gettysburg and it is one of my faves of all time.A great writer Pfanz is.What a style and readibilty.An overlooked part of the battlefield...it is facinating and riveting to read about what happened.Well worth you're time and money.One of the best books about Gettysburg ever written!