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The Battle of Gettysburg in American History

The Battle of Gettysburg in American History

by Ann Gaines, Ann Graham Gaines

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Children's Literature
For three July days in 1863, the largest clash of the Civil War took place at a small crossroads town in southern Pennsylvania. The Battle of Gettysburg marked a turning point in the war's eastern theater of operations. During that massive confrontation, the Federals rebuffed General Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia. General Meade's Army of the Potomac withstood the hammer-like blows of the Confederates and ultimately prevailed. In this book we are provided with an overview of that critical battle. The author takes a step-by-step approach to the events before, during and after the fighting. The ample use of quotations from actual participants enlivens the narrative. The thoughts, feelings and actions of civilian residents of Gettysburg are also presented. The desolation of the aftermath of the Gettysburg battle is also captured through a recounting of the casualties and medical practices of the era. Finally, the effects of Lee's defeat upon the course of the war are presented. Gettysburg, linked to General Grant's successful siege at Vicksburg, Mississippi, began the shift in the balance of forces that ultimately led to a Union victory. At the time of the battle, the scales of success were fairly evenly held. After the Confederate defeat in Pennsylvania, those scales began to tip in favor of a Federal victory. This historical work will help young readers understand the dynamics, causes and effects of that momentous event. 2001, Enslow Publishers, . Ages 10 up. Reviewer: Greg M. Romaneck

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Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date:
In American History Series
Product dimensions:
6.36(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.54(d)
Age Range:
10 - 17 Years

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