A Field Guide to Gettysburg: Experiencing the Battlefield through Its History, Places, and People

A Field Guide to Gettysburg: Experiencing the Battlefield through Its History, Places, and People

by Carol Reardon, Tom Vossler

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781469633367
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 05/08/2017
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 488
Sales rank: 170,883
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Carol Reardon is George Winfree Professor of American History at Pennsylvania State University.

Tom Vossler is a retired colonel in the U.S. Army and former director of the U.S. Army Military History Institute in Carlisle, Pa.. He is a licensed battlefield guide, leading some ninety battlefield tours each year.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Gettysburg Campaign 1

How to Use This Book 7

Helpful Hints for Touring the Batdefield 21

Stop 1 The Key Terrain of Cemetery Hill 25

July 1, 1863: The First Day of Battle

1 The Meeting Engagement 37

Stop 2 The Cavalry Fight 37

Stop 3 The Death of Reynolds 48

Stop 4 The Fight around the Railroad Cut 57

2 The Battle Is Joined and Expands 69

Stop 5 Ewell Enters the Fight 69

Stop 6 Oak Ridge 79

Stop 7 The Artillery Duel on the XI Corps Line 87

3 The Union Line Collapses 96

Stop 8 Barlow's Knoll 96

Stop 9 Coster Avenue 107

Stop 10 Ramseur's Attack 113

Stop 11 Bucktails versus Tar Heels on McPherson's Ridge 121

Stop 12 The Iron Brigade Takes a Stand 132

Stop 13 Last Stand at the Seminary 142

Day One Conclusion 152

July 2, 1863: The Second Day of Battle

4 Lee, Meade, and the Challenges of High Command 159

Stop 14 Pitzer's Woods 159

Stop 15 Longstreet's Main Effort Hits a Snag 166

Stop 16 The Sherfy Peach Orchard 175

Stop 17 Longstreet's Main Effort Begins 184

5 Longstreet Attacks 192

Stop 18 Litde Round Top 192

Stop 19 The Fight for Devil's Den 211

Stop 20 The Bloody Wheatfield 224

Stop 21 The Salient Collapses 239

Stop 22 The Collapse of the Emmitsburg Road Line 247

Stop 23 Holding the Cemetery Ridge Line 258

6 Ewell Tries the Union Right Flank 274

Stop 24 Benner's Hill 274

Stop 25 Lower Culp's Hill, July 2 282

Stop 26 Stevens's Knoll 293

Stop 27 East Cemetery Hill 299

Day Two Conclusion 309

July 3, 1863: The Third Day of Battle

7 Commanders Consider-and Reconsider-Their Options 313

Stop 28 Meade's Headquarters 313

Stop 29 Spangler's Spring 320

Stop 30 Culp's Hill, July 3 328

Stop 31 Organizing the Assault against the Union Center 339

8 The High-Water Mark? 349

Stop 32 Pickett's Charge 349

Stop 33 The Union Repulse of Pickett's Charge 367

Stop 34 East Cavalry Field 389

Stop 35 The Soldiers' National Cemetery 401

The Aftermath: July 4, 1863, and Beyond 407

Acknowledgments 419

Photo Credits 420

Notes 421

Index 439

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The most helpful book in understanding the field of battle at Gettysburg. . . . A superb and surprising addition to the library of Gettysburg books, valuable for the novice, the ardent Civil War buff, and the scholar alike.--Civil War Book Review

The new standard for Gettysburg battlefield guides.--Civil War Monitor

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent guide to the battlefield for all levels of visitors. Well done!