The Gettysburg Nobody Knows [NOOK Book]

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Gabor Boritt has invited nine leading authorities to shed new light on the greatest battle in our history, focusing in particular on the unknown, the controversial, and what might have been. What did the battle do to the people of Gettysburg? What is behind the rise of Joshua Chamberlain to the status of the Hero of the Battle? How did the common soldiers influence the battle? Readers are treated to a fresh account of Pickett's Charge from the rarely-described perspective of the Union soldiers, and to careful new...
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The Gettysburg Nobody Knows

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Overview

Gabor Boritt has invited nine leading authorities to shed new light on the greatest battle in our history, focusing in particular on the unknown, the controversial, and what might have been. What did the battle do to the people of Gettysburg? What is behind the rise of Joshua Chamberlain to the status of the Hero of the Battle? How did the common soldiers influence the battle? Readers are treated to a fresh account of Pickett's Charge from the rarely-described perspective of the Union soldiers, and to careful new analyses of the battlefield actions of General Ewell and General Daniel Sickles. 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 struggle that would cost most of them their lives but would help save the day for the Union.
Offering the insights of America's eminent Civil War scholars, The Gettysburg Nobody Knows provides a marvelously informative reconsideration of this epic event.
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Nine scholars of the most famous battle of the Civil War focus on unknown and controversial aspects of it and speculate what might have happened differently and what effect it would have had. For example, General Ewell is exonerated for failing to attack Cemetery Hill, Daniel Sickles is criticized for probably causing more Union losses than necessary, and the First Minnesota is credited with winning the day though it cost most of their lives. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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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: 9780199832064
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 11/13/1997
  • Series: Gettysburg Lectures
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 427,673
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

About the Editor:
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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