Gettysburg's Bloody Wheatfield

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"Some of the deadliest fighting of the Battle of Gettysburg took place in the now famous Wheatfield. Confederate General Robert E. Lee sought to defeat Union General George G. Meade's army on Northern soil, as the battle between the North and South raged. Lee's soldiers in James Longstreet's First Corps attacked Federal soldiers from Daniel Sickles' III Corps. For over three hours, six Confederate brigades attacked and counterattacked 13 Union brigades from four different Federal corps. Several generals were mortally wounded, and the fighting
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Overview

"Some of the deadliest fighting of the Battle of Gettysburg took place in the now famous Wheatfield. Confederate General Robert E. Lee sought to defeat Union General George G. Meade's army on Northern soil, as the battle between the North and South raged. Lee's soldiers in James Longstreet's First Corps attacked Federal soldiers from Daniel Sickles' III Corps. For over three hours, six Confederate brigades attacked and counterattacked 13 Union brigades from four different Federal corps. Several generals were mortally wounded, and the fighting bogged down into a regiment-by-regiment, man-to-man engagement. When the smoke cleared and the fighting ceased on the evening of July 2, 1863, the 26 acres of wheat owned by George Rose had been destroyed, with the dead and wounded strewn all about." Neither side gained control of the ground, but many men gave their lives trying. The action has long been overlooked by in-depth analysis, in large part due to the confusing nature of the fighting. Jorgensen sifts through the smoke and haze and provides readers with a much-needed narrative of the Wheatfield fight.
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This brief book provides an analysis of the fighting in George Rose's wheatfield, occurring as a part of the Battle of Gettysburg. It considers the significance of the engagement, the Confederacy's strategy in moving north, the attack on the wheatfield, the decisive maneuvers, and the aftermath. Appendices list the troops fighting on both sides. Jorgensen has a graduate degree in Civil War studies from the American Military University. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572493605
  • Publisher: White Mane Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/15/2004
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 825,933
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 6.22 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Maps
Preface
Ch. 1 The Cream of the Confederacy 1
Ch. 2 Lee Moves North 17
Ch. 3 Deploying for a Fight 32
Ch. 4 Anderson Attacks the Wheatfield 49
Ch. 5 Kershaw Joins the Fray 70
Ch. 6 Wofford Sweeps the Wheatfieid 108
Ch. 7 Aftermath 132
App. A Confederate Troops Fighting in the Wheatfield 136
App. B Federal Troops Fighting in the Wheatfield 138
Notes 143
Bibliography 156
Index 172
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2012

    Excellent book

    The author has written the definitive book on this fascinating battle. The text is clear and a pleasure to read. I highly recommend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2005

    Outstanding

    The author puts the reader into the flow of the fighting, you could feel the intensity and struggle of the battle

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