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Brigades of Gettysburg: The Union and Confederate Brigades at the Battle of Gettysburg
     

Brigades of Gettysburg: The Union and Confederate Brigades at the Battle of Gettysburg

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by Bradley M. Gottfried
 

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The first comprehensive chronicle of every Union and Confederate brigade at the Battle of Gettysburg—where they fought, how they fought, and who led them.
While the battle of Gettysburg is certainly the most-studied battle in American history, a comprehensive treatment of the part played by each unit has been ignored. Brigades of Gettysburg fills this

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The first comprehensive chronicle of every Union and Confederate brigade at the Battle of Gettysburg—where they fought, how they fought, and who led them.
While the battle of Gettysburg is certainly the most-studied battle in American history, a comprehensive treatment of the part played by each unit has been ignored. Brigades of Gettysburg fills this void by presenting a complete account of every brigade unit at Gettysburg and providing a fresh perspective of the battle.
Using the words of enlisted men and officers, the author-well-known Civil War historian Bradley Gottfried-weaves a fascinating narrative of the role played by every brigade at the famous three-day battle, as well as a detailed description of each brigade unit. Organized by order of battle, each brigade is covered in complete and exhaustive detail: where it fought, who commanded, what constituted the unit, and how it performed in battle. Innovative in its approach and comprehensive in its coverage, Brigades of Gettysburg is certain to be a classic and indispensable reference for the battle of Gettysburg for years to come.

Author Biography: Bradley M. Gottfried is president of Sussex County Community College in New Jersey. He is the author of three books on the Civil War and is a frequent contributor to Gettysburg Magazine and Civil War Times Illustrated. He has made regular appearances on the History Channel's shows about the Civil War.

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Publishers Weekly
Gottfried (Roads to Gettysburg) paints a fine-grained portrait of the decisive battle of the Civil War in this exhaustive, engrossing study. In vividly written narratives that draw heavily on first-hand accounts of the fighting, he recounts every brigade's training and prior history in combat, profiles its commanders and chronicles its experiences in the course of the battle. The conflict emerges less as a coherent whole than as a series of small, disjointed brigade-level actions-a perspective close to that of the soldiers, who had no grand overview to help them make sense of the unfolding battle. The result is a human-scale view of the varied experiences of the participants: the grueling marches, the effects of heat and exhaustion, which sometimes felled more soldiers than enemy bullets did, the occasionally prickly relations between officers and men, the tedium and anxiety as soldiers waited to go into action and the panic and elation when they did. Gottfried's treatment has its limitations: it is hard to follow the main "plot" of the battle, since no brigade witnessed more than a fragment of it, and the fine maps of individual battlefield sectors should have been supplemented with an overall map to orient readers. Those unfamiliar with the battle will need to consult a conventional history, but Civil War buffs will delight in this gripping addition to the literature of Gettysburg. (Dec.) Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781626366114
Publisher:
Skyhorse Publishing
Publication date:
01/12/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
704
Sales rank:
30,223
File size:
8 MB

Meet the Author

Dr. Bradley M. Gottfried is president of Sussex County Community College in New Jersey. He is the author of three Civil War books: The Battle of Gettysburg—A Guided Tour; Stopping Pickett: The History of the Philadelphia Brigade; and Roads to Gettysburg.

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Brigades of Gettysburg: The Union and Confederate Brigades at the Battle of Gettysburg 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
MikeMcGNY More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent addition to my civil war library. It details all the brigades including loses for both union and confederate units fighting at Gettysburg. I especially liked the one detailing our local unit that fought so heroically on Culp's hill.
Raider24 More than 1 year ago
Difficult to follow brigades unless you are familiar with the Gettysburg battlefield or have a battlefield map handy.
MJCiavola More than 1 year ago
Great book if you know the battle well. It's unique to be able to follow individual units through a battle campaign. Do not try to read this without this knowledge or you will be lost. My only objection is that cavalry brigades were not included, despite them having a significant impact on the battle. Therefore, the title should be, "Infantry Brigades of Gettysburg."