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Witness to Gettysburg

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From the events that led to the clash at Gettysburg in July 1863 to the retreat of Robert E. Lee's defeated Confederates, Richard Wheeler uses the words of participants—both Northern and Southern—to bring one of the Civil War's bloodiest, most pivotal battles to life. Wheeler blends these compelling personal accounts into a startlingly vivid tapestry of war and a dramatic narrative that entertains as well as informs. This is eyewitness history at its best.

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Overview

From the events that led to the clash at Gettysburg in July 1863 to the retreat of Robert E. Lee's defeated Confederates, Richard Wheeler uses the words of participants—both Northern and Southern—to bring one of the Civil War's bloodiest, most pivotal battles to life. Wheeler blends these compelling personal accounts into a startlingly vivid tapestry of war and a dramatic narrative that entertains as well as informs. This is eyewitness history at its best.

In the tradition of the celebrated Swork Over Richmond, this brilliant eyewitness history of the Civil War's most pivotal battle.

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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811732857
  • Publisher: Stackpole Books
  • Publication date: 2/10/2006
  • Series: Stackpole Military History Series
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 781,594
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 5.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Wheeler is also author of four other Civil War histories: Voices of the Civil War (0-452-01066-7), The Siege of Vicksburg (0-690-01507-0), Sherman's March (0-06-097413-3), and Sword over Richmond (0-06-092067-X). He lives in Pine Grove, Pennsylvania.

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