The Gettysburg Nobody Knows

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Gabor Boritt, the director of the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College, has invited nine leading authorities to shed new light on the greatest battle in our history. Following the example of Richard Nelson Current's acclaimed history The Lincoln Nobody Knows, the contributors focus in particular on the unknown, the controversial, and what might have been. Readers learn, for instance, that though Jeb Stuart's cavalry provided no intelligence to the rebel army for several key days, Lee knew from other sources ...
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Overview

Gabor Boritt, the director of the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College, has invited nine leading authorities to shed new light on the greatest battle in our history. Following the example of Richard Nelson Current's acclaimed history The Lincoln Nobody Knows, the contributors focus in particular on the unknown, the controversial, and what might have been. Readers learn, for instance, that though Jeb Stuart's cavalry provided no intelligence to the rebel army for several key days, Lee knew from other sources the location of the Army of the Potomac and he was able to concentrate his army before General Meade arrived at the battlefield in strength. Readers are treated to a fresh account of "the most celebrated forty minutes in all of American military history" - Pickett's Charge - watching that famed encounter from a perspective rarely described the point of view of Union soldiers. There are careful analyses of the battlefield actions of General Ewell (whose failure to attack Cemetery Hill has been blamed for the Confederacy's loss at Gettysburg) and of General Daniel Sickles (whose dangerous repositioning of troops on July 2nd has been credited with stopping Longstreet's advance): Ewell is exonerated here, Sickles criticized for probably causing more Union losses than necessary. And throughout the volume, there is much vivid writing, such as a stirring account of the moment when General Winfield Scott Hancock ordered the First Minnesota to "take those colors," sending the Minnesotans into a desperate struggle that would cost most of them their lives but would help save the day for the Union.
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"Essays that are uniformly good and that either touch upon seldom studied aspects of the campaign or recast old disputes....A worthwhile addition."--Civil War History

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195129069
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 4/22/1999
  • Series: Gettysburg Lectures Series
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 561,063
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 5.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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Gabor Boritt is Director of the Civil War Institute and Fluher Professor at Gettysburg College. He has written or edited numerous volumes on the Civil War era, including Lincoln and the Economics of the American Dream, Why the Confederacy Lost, and Why the Civil War Came.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
1 The Common Soldier's Gettysburg Campaign 3
2 Joshua Chamberlain and the American Dream 31
3 "Old Jack" Is Not Here 56
4 The Chances of War: Lee, Longstreet, Sickles, and the First Minnesota Volunteers 75
5 Eggs, Aldie, Shepherdstown, and J. E. B. Stuart 101
6 "I Think the Union Army Had Something to Do with It": The Pickett's Charge Nobody Knows 122
7 Gettysburg's Gettysburg: What the Battle Did to the Borough 144
8 The Pennsylvania Gambit and the Gettysburg Splash 175
9 From Turning Point to Peace Memorial: A Cultural Legacy 203
Notes 223
For Further Reading: A Bibliography 253
Contributors 269
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2013

    A Good Read

    A book with nine short stories for Civil War/Gettysburg fans. It's a dry read and may be hard to finish unless this is your true interest.

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