Chancellorsville and Gettysburg

Chancellorsville and Gettysburg

by Abner Doubleday
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Chancellorsville and Gettysburg 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Father_of_5_Boys More than 1 year ago
I love first-person accounts of Civil War battles, because you can get in-depth into one person's perspective rather than a broad overview written by a historian. I liked the fact that Doubleday didn't pull any punches either - he let you know where he thought certain things went wrong and who he thought was responsible. The difficult thing with first-person accounts like this is that they are always so detailed in terms of the alignment of regiments, brigades, corps, etc. and they almost always lack adequate maps, so unless you have an intimate knowledge of the battlefield they are talking about, it can be very difficult to follow what happened. I've been to Gettysburg a lot (actually lived there for a time), so I have a pretty good feel for the landscape, but even then it was hard to keep up with some of the movements described in the book. I'm really looking forward to going back to the battlefield and taking this book with me and reading parts of it while I'm standing in the field so I can visualize what happened. (The book is pretty compact, so that's good too cause it won't be a pain to lug around.) I'm really looking forward to heading out to McPherson's Ridge and Seminary Ridge and taking another look at the first day's battle. That's where Doubleday was heavily involved and his descriptions of what took place are really good.
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