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"Stewart tells this only too familiar story as if it had never been told before . . . in spite of ourselves, we sit breathless to the end. A splendid and stirring book." The New Yorker
This book covers a critical part of the Battle of Gettysburg.
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Stewart's point: if Pickett's Charge was the turning point of the Battle of Gettysberg, and the Battle of Gettysberg was the turning point of the Civil War, and the Civil War was the turning point of American history ... well, you guessed it. This ill-advised final attack on the angle of Cemetery Ridge brought out the best and worst in both armies. Up til July 4th, 1863, Lee's men had been cruising through the war, whipping the Army of the Potomac in battle after battle. But George Meade, if anything, could defend a position, and he had the right men in the right place at the right time. Stewart's lavish research, delightful literary style, and terrific understanding of strategies and tactics of the Civil War results in a book that makes fascinating reading, whether or not you're a Civil War buff.