Tom Huntington lives in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, and is an editor for Stackpole Magazines. He is the former editor of Historic Traveler and American History magazines. His articles on historical topics have appeared in Civil War Times, America's Civil War, American Heritage, Smithsonian, Yankee, America in WWII, Air & Space, and British Heritage.
Searching for George Gordon Meade: The Forgotten Victor of Gettysburgby Tom Huntington
Despite his great victory at Gettysburg and his command of the army that forced Lee's surrender at Appomattox, George Meade saw his fame eclipsed by that of Lee, Grant, and other Civil War generals. This book does a great deal to redress that historical injustice. Tom Huntington has invented a new genre of biography that shifts between past and present as he tells the story of Meade's life and describes his own pilgrimage to the key sites of that life. The result is an engrossing narrative that the reader can scarcely put down. --James M. McPherson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Battle Cry of Freedom"Searching for George Gordon Meade is a splendid book! Well-researched, well-reasoned, and well-written, it's a timely and vital addition to the all-too-meager literature on this neglected American hero. Strongly recommended for serious historians as well as for a general readership. Excellent!" --Ralph Peters, author of Cain at Gettysburg"Much more than another Civil War biography, Tom Huntington's gripping personal â€˜search' for George Gordon Meade is unique and irresistible: a combination life story, military history, travelogue, and cultural commentary that brings us closer than ever to the old general and his strange reputation--and also opens new windows to our own unending search for an understandable national identity." --Harold Holzer, author and Chairman of Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial FoundationA historian's investigation of the life and times of Gen. George Gordon Meade to discover why the hero of Gettysburg has failed to achieve the status accorded to other generals of the conflictCovers Meade's career from his part in the Mexican-American War through his participation in the great Civil War engagements, including Second Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, and PetersburgAvailable for the 150th anniversary of the Battle of GettysburgExplores Meade's legacy today at reenactments, battlefields, museums, and institutions that preserve history
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Every Civil War General seems to have a group of dedicated and vocal supporters. With few problems, I can find: • Reasons why Rosecrans should have left the field at Chickamauga. • Why Hood made the right choice in attacking at Atlanta. • That the charge at Franklin was not a bad idea. • That McClellan was an aggressive fighter who could have won the war. • Joe Johnston’s strategy of trading land for time would have won the war. The things that is almost impossible to find is Meade doing the right thing anywhere. The popular conception is Meade failed to destroy the Army of Northern Virginia after Gettysburg. That he should have ordered attacks at Williamsport and Mine Run. If Grant had not been with the Army of the Potomac, Lee would never have been defeated. Even his victory at Gettysburg has questions. Did his generals force him to stay and fight? Did he plan to pull back from the Gettysburg area to Pipe Creek? The one certainty is that Meade is almost invisible. Tom Huntington admits he is not a Civil War expert but became fascinated by Meade’s invisibility. This book is the result of this fascination and we are all richer because of it. This is a difficult book to describe. • It is a biography of Meade concentrating on the war years. • It is a history of the Army of the Potomac’s internal politics. • It is a study on relationships between politicians and general and between generals. • It is a look at and a commentary on living history. • It is a look at how we remember the war and the people that fought it in our parks. • It is a look at how we have preserved or failed to preserve relics of the war. • It is a commentary on political power and how it can be used and abused. The author packs all of this into the book, along with things I failed to mention, in a readable, informative and entertaining way. Moving from the battlefield to Washington, we understand how party politics, assumed slights and influence undermined Meade’s excellent performance. We see how Grant’s people overshadowed Meade, slowly taking much of the credit he deserved. While Grant tries to be fair, his friends came first even as the anti-Meade clique takes full advantage of the situation. The author traveled to most of the sites associated with Meade. His comments about preservation and remembrance ceremonies make interesting reading. This is an excellent book that will be a valued addition to your library. It is highly recommended both as history and commentary.
I like the personal face of history. Real people, their short comings and goals. General George Gorden Meade is a real hero of Gettysburg and much of the rest of the war. Read about where he was and what he did, who he interacted with and get a clear picture of a hero.