The Third Day at Gettysburg and Beyond

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The six essays in this volume testify to the enduring impact of the Civil War on our national consciousness. Covering subjects as diverse as tactics, the uses of autobiography, and the power of myth-making in the southern tradition, they illustrate the rewards of imaginative scholarship--even for the most intensely studied battle in America's history.

The Third Day at Gettysburg and Beyond brings current research and interpretation to bear on a range of pivotal issues ...

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Overview

The six essays in this volume testify to the enduring impact of the Civil War on our national consciousness. Covering subjects as diverse as tactics, the uses of autobiography, and the power of myth-making in the southern tradition, they illustrate the rewards of imaginative scholarship--even for the most intensely studied battle in America's history.

The Third Day at Gettysburg and Beyond brings current research and interpretation to bear on a range of pivotal issues surrounding the final day of the battle, July 3, 1863. This revisionist approach begins by expanding our knowledge of the engagement itself: individual essays address Confederate general James Longstreet's role in Pickett's Charge and Union general George Meade's failure to pursue Lee after the fighting. Other essays widen the scope of investigation to look at contemporary reactions to the Confederate defeat across the South, the construction of narratives by the participants themselves--from Confederate survivors of Pickett's assault to Union sergeant Ben Hirst--and the reverberations of Pickett's final momentous charge.

Combining fresh evidence with the reinterpretation of standard sources, these essays refocus our view of the third day at Gettysburg to take in its diverse stories of combat and memory.

The contributors are Gary W. Gallagher, William Garrett Piston, Carol Reardon, Robert K. Krick, Robert L. Bee, and A. Wilson Greene.

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Editorial Reviews

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This collection proves that new scholarship surrounding the battle is not only possible but exciting.

Civil War History

Both serious students of Gettysburg and general Civil War enthusiasts will find these essays thought-provoking, informative, and challenging.

Civil War Regiments

These well-written and well-documented essays are an important contribution to Gettysburg historiography.

Louisiana History

[Gallagher] has provided a mini-treasure for Civil War specialists in this compilation of well-written and challenging theses.

Booklist

Remarkably consistent in focus and high quality, its articles offer fresh research and a coherent, innovative perspective.

West Virginia History

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807847534
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 8/31/1998
  • Series: Military Campaigns of the Civil War Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 232
  • Sales rank: 783,828
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Gary W. Gallagher is John L. Nau III Professor of History at the University of Virginia. His books include The Confederate War and Lee and His Generals in War and Memory.
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Table of Contents

Introduction
Lee's Army Has Not Lost Any of Its Prestige: The Impact of Gettysburg on the Army of Northern Virginia and the Confederate Home Front 1
Cross Purposes: Longstreet, Lee, and Confederate Attack Plans for July 3 at Gettysburg 31
Pickett's Charge: The Convergence of History and Myth in the Southern Past 56
Armistead and Garnett: The Parallel Lives of Two Virginia Soldiers 93
Fredericksburg on the Other Leg: Sergeant Ben Hirst's Narrative of Important Events, Gettysburg, July 3, 1863 132
From Gettysburg to Falling Waters: Meade's Pursuit of Lee 161
Bibliographic Essay 203
Contributors 207
Index 209
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