High Tide At Gettysburg: The Campaign In Pennsylvania

High Tide At Gettysburg: The Campaign In Pennsylvania

by Glenn Tucker

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““Gettysburg had everything,” Henry S. Commager recently wrote. “It was the greatest battle ever fought on our continent; it boasts more heroic chapters than any other one battle. It was the high tide of the Confederacy.”
This is the way Glenn Tucker has always seen it and this is the way he reports it in High Tide at Gettysburg. The story of Gettysburg has never been told better, perhaps never so well as in this volume. Glenn Tucker has the immediacy of a war correspondent on the spot along with the insights that come from painstaking research. The armies live again in his pages.
In his big, generous book Glenn Tucker has room to follow Lee’s army up from Chancellorsville across Maryland into Pennsylvania. With Jackson recently killed, Lee had revamped his top command.
When Meade’s men caught up with the Confederates and the two armies were probing to locate each other’s concentrations, Mr. Tucker’s account becomes sharper, more dramatic. His rapidly moving, vivid narrative of the three-day battle is filled with fascinating episodes and fresh, stimulating appraisals.
Glenn Tucker is akin to Ernie Pyle in his interest in people. With him you meet Harry King Burgwyn, “boy colonel” of the 26th North Carolina, just turned twenty-one, who slugged it out with Col. Henry A. Morrow of the 24th Michigan until few survived on either side. You feel the patriotic surge of white-haired William Barksdale, who led his Mississippians on the “grandest charge of the war” and died as he broke the Federal line. You sense the magnetism of Hancock the Superb, and feel the driving power of rugged Uncle John Sedgwick as he hurried his big VI Corps to the battlefield. With Old Man Greene you struggle in the darkness to save the Culp’s Hill trenches. And much more. Mr. Tucker weaves in many sharp thumbnail biographical sketches without slowing the action. Many North Carolinians, previously slighted, here receive their due.
Full, dramatic, immediate, here is Gettysburg.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781786251107
Publisher: Golden Springs Publishing
Publication date: 11/06/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 521
Sales rank: 711,556
File size: 9 MB

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High Tide at Gettysburg: The Campaign in Pennsylvania 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
koalamom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It was a good, concise and very readable account to one of the bloodiest battles fought on our own soil and by our own brothers fighting our own brothers. It is a good book for non-detail type Civil War buffs or anyone who justs wants to find out a little more about this battle.
vtmom13 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The is a good book for the time it was written in. The author is not a lover of George Meade and it is very clear that he would have preferred to have seen the south win at least the Battle of Gettysburg if not the war. I do recommend reading "High Tide at Gettysburg, but read it along with several other books on the subject, so you get a more recent and rounded view on the subject. My one big complaint with this book, is the last chapter deals with "what if's". I hate playing that game.
parelle on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Although I've been interested in the American Civil War for a long while, I haven't read as much on it - as is my practice with most historical periods, I've read overall histories supplemented by very singular ones and historical fiction (The Killer Angels and its accompaniments) - in the case of the Civil War, Bruce Catton's short history and a book called The Generals at Gettysuburg, which provides brief biographical information about each of the commanders, done to the regimental level. Those at least stick in my memory - there have been more, but it's been awhile.Mind you, then, this battle history ended up being a bit of a shock. It was at the point I got 6 chapters in and hadn't even heard about the Union army that I got a bit curious. I waltzed in expecting a reasonably bland account of a battle, and ended up knee deep in a lyrical history of the Army of Northern Virginia at Gettysburg (staring North Carolina) featuring "those people" over there. The title should have been a bit of a giveaway, I admit. The writing however, is top notch. As a person who is dreadful at understanding tactics, reading this book made how the battle happened very clear - it also has very good maps. I do enjoy reading about personal characteristics and anecdotes - I just wouldn't mind having some for the other side. Lastly, the author really is an excellent writer - there are some absolutely lovely passages in this, a history of a battle.I can't recommend this as an overall history of the Battle of Gettysburg because it's coverage is just too narrow. At the same time, I could see a British history of Trafalgar taking a similar stance without my minding it so much - perhaps because I would have been forewarned about it? It's hard to say. Definitely a book worth reading, for those interested in the Battle of Gettysburg, but I do feel that it needs to be supplemented by something which covers the Union side a bit better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read many books on this incredible battle, but, this one is indeed a 'classic' in the strictest sense of the word. It is readable and detailed. His description of the skirmish between the 24th Michigan and the 26th North Carolina on the first day of the battle is truly inspiring. Generals John Buford,Winfield Scott Hancock, James Longstreet and George Pickett come to life and seem very real and quite heroic. Finally, his conclusions in the last chapter as to the reasons the north won this battle are interesting and fair. There are many good books that look at the overall battle, but, this book from the late 50's belongs on any civil war or history buffs shelf.