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Gettysburg

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In June 1863, General Robert E. Lee and the 75,000-strong Army of Northern Virginia launched a second invasion of the North, crossing into Maryland and Pennsylvania to try to win a decisive victory over Federal forces. On July 1, Lee’s army encountered Major General Meade’s 90,000-strong Army of the Potomac at the small town of Gettysburg. After some initial success in dispersing the Federal advance guard, Lee launched attack after attack against the main army, but everywhere the Union line held. On July 3, Lee ...

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Overview

In June 1863, General Robert E. Lee and the 75,000-strong Army of Northern Virginia launched a second invasion of the North, crossing into Maryland and Pennsylvania to try to win a decisive victory over Federal forces. On July 1, Lee’s army encountered Major General Meade’s 90,000-strong Army of the Potomac at the small town of Gettysburg. After some initial success in dispersing the Federal advance guard, Lee launched attack after attack against the main army, but everywhere the Union line held. On July 3, Lee ordered a final assault of 12,500 Confederates at the center of the Union line, known as Pickett’s Charge. The charge was repulsed with huge loss of life, bringing the battle to an end. Lee’s gamble didn’t pay off, leaving his army fatally weakened and unable to continue its invasion of the North. Today, Gettysburg is recognized as a key turning point in the Civil War.

Gettysburg is divided into seven chapters, outlining the campaign, the fighting on July 1, July 2, and July 3, as well as the aftermath; two further chapters provide biographical background of the main Federal and Confederate leaders who fought in the battle. Through letters, journal entries, and official reports, the book includes numerous first-hand accounts from those who survived. Including more than 200 archival photographs, illustrations, and maps, Gettysburg is an accessible guide to one of the iconic battles of the great struggle between North and South.

• Includes more than 200 archival photographs, artworks, and maps illustrating the main actions and leading characters that took part in the three-day battle

• Numerous first-hand accounts, including letters, official reports, and personal documents, provide real insight into the experiences of the soldiers and civilians who lived through the battle

• Each of the three main phases of the battle are illustrated with a color map showing the troop dispositions and movements on that day

• Includes biographical chapters outlining the key personalities from both sides who fought in the battle

• Includes a free poster featuring an archival map of the second day’s fighting at Gettysburg on July 2nd, 1863

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781435146228
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 4/29/2013
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.62 (h) x 1.08 (d)

Meet the Author

Kevin J. Dougherty is an instructor at The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina in Charleston. He is a retired U.S. Army officer who previously spent five years teaching military history and world civilizations in the Department of History at the University of Southern Mississippi. Dougherty is the author of The Peninsula Campaign of 1862: A Military Analysis (2005), Civil War Leadership and the Mexican War Experience (2007), Encyclopedia of the Confederacy (2010), Campaigns for Vicksburg, 1862–63: Leadership Lessons (2011), and Ships of the Civil War (2013). He lives in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

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