Witness to Gettysburg

Witness to Gettysburg

by Richard Wheeler
     
 

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In this vivid account of the Civil War's pivotal battle, the experience of Gettysburg residents are counterposed to accounts of Union and Confederate soldiers who fought each other without respite for three savage days.

The result is a real you-are-there experience that makes this great and tragic battles vivid and alive. It puts us in Lee's mind as he ponders using

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In this vivid account of the Civil War's pivotal battle, the experience of Gettysburg residents are counterposed to accounts of Union and Confederate soldiers who fought each other without respite for three savage days.

The result is a real you-are-there experience that makes this great and tragic battles vivid and alive. It puts us in Lee's mind as he ponders using frontal assaults that in the event cost him victory. And we share with Union defenders their determination that, at least on Union soil, they would not give way.

"By tying these gripping personal accounts together, Richard Wheeler gives us an unique perspective of the entire Gettysburg experience." (Publisher's Source)

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The three-day battle of Gettysburg, generally regarded as the turning point of the Civil War, is described in these pages largely in the words of participants. The confrontation between General Lee's Army of Northern Virginia and the Union army under General Meade took place in and around the town itself, and its citizens were much involved (extraordinarily, the only civilian fatality was a woman hit by a stray bullet in her kitchen). Wheeler has collected vivid accounts not only from veterans who wrote about it but from male and female townspeople (and outside observers), and presents this with the narrative skill displayed in Sword Over Richmond. With a sure grasp of strategic nuances, he explains the overall campaign that began in the broadest sense when Lee talked Confederate President Davis into authorizing a second invasion of the North. The climactic battle itself is then described in a you-are-there way that renders this enormously complicated affair understandable to nonCivil War buffs. Illustrations. BOMC alternate. (July)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780785802129
Publisher:
Book Sales, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/01/1994
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.32(w) x 9.27(h) x 1.08(d)

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