Of all the places and events in this nation's history, Gettysburg may well be the name best known to Americans. Millions flock each year to the little town in south-central Pennsylvania where more than 135 years ago the largest, bloodiest, and most dramatic battle of the Civil War raged across the now-peaceful hills and meadows. The subject of an epic movie and a best-selling work of fiction, the battle continues to fascinate Americans. Indeed, for most Americans, Gettysburg is the Civil War.
In Beneath a Northern Sky: A Short History of the Gettysburg Campaign, eminent Civil War historian Steven Woodworth offers a balanced and thorough overview of the entire battle, its drama, and its meaning. From Lee's decision to take his heretofore successful Army of Northern Virginia across the Potomac and into Pennsylvania to the withdrawal of the battle-battered Confederate's back across the river into Virginia, Woodworth paints a vivid picture of this pivotal campaign. In this day-by-day account, he describes the fierce fighting that left 48,000 men dead or wounded at sites that have now become famous: Little Round Top, Cemetery Ridge, Devil's Den. This new book provides a realistic sequence of events surrounding the legendary Pickett's Charge, detailing the Confederate's magnificent display of courage and the Union's stalwart, rock-hard defense. Woodworth describes the strategic and tactical decision making and shows how infighting and disagreements among the leaders on both sides impacted the campaign. He details the mind set and morale of the soldiers, revealing how-surprisingly-Union leaders did not take advantage of their troops' high spirits after their victory to finish off the retreating Confederates.
Instead of focusing on only one aspect of the Gettysburg Campaign as most other books do, Beneath a Northern Sky tells the tale of the entire battle in a richly detailed but swiftly moving narrative. This new approach to a defining battle is sure to fascinate Civil War buffs and all those interested in the rich history of the United States.
About the Author
Eminent Civil War historian Steven E. Woodworth is the author of numerous books on the War, several of which have been Military Book Club and History Book Club selections, including Jefferson Davis and His Generals (1990), which was a main selection of History Book Club. He has also written numerous articles for Civil War magazines, including, Blue & Gray, America's Civil War and Civil War Times Illustrated. He is a professor at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas.
|Publisher:||S R Books|
|Series:||American Crisis Series: Books on the Civil War Era Series|
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About the Author
Steven E. Woodworth is professor of history at Texas Christian University, specializing in the Civil War and Reconstruction. He has written and edited several Civil War books, including Jefferson Davis and His Generals (1990), Davis and Lee at War (1995), and The Human Tradition in the Civil War and Reconstruction (2000).
Table of ContentsList of Maps xi
The Confidence of Certain Victory 1
An Invading Army among Them 21
They Will Come Booming 35
I Will Fight Them Inch by Inch 47
Like Grass before a Scythe 73
Forward and Take Those Heights! 103
One More Charge and the Day Is Ours 131
Stay and Fight It Out 155
The Appalling Grandeur of the Storm 175
I Hope I May Live to See the End of the War 203
Bibliographical Essay 215
About the Author 229