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Gettysburg: The Last Invasion

Gettysburg: The Last Invasion
Autor: Allen Guelzo
Data publikacji: 2014-02
ISBN: 9780307740694
Wydawca: Presidio Press
Język: angielski
Wymiary: 132 x 203 mm
Oprawa: miękka
Liczba stron: 656
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• From the acclaimed Civil War historian, a brilliant new history—the most intimate and richly readable account we have had—of the climactic three-day battle of Gettysburg.

From the acclaimed Civil War historian, a brilliant new history—the most intimate and richly readable account we have had—of the climactic three-day battle of Gettysburg (July 1–3, 1863), which draws the reader into the heat, smoke, and grime of Gettysburg alongside the ordinary soldier, and depicts the combination of personalities and circumstances that produced the greatest battle of the Civil War, and one of the greatest in human history.

 

llen Guelzo has a fine writing style and does an excellent presentation of the Battle of Gettysburg.

In reading the book, you quickly understand what an unsettled mess of a thing this was. As Wellington described Waterloo as a "close run thing", Guelzo shows us that Gettysburg was no different.

The author carefully covers the three days of the battle with a descriptive narrative that leaves the reader not only excited but begging for more. There are numerous instances of relevant stories of commanders and commoners engaged in this great killing field that puts the human element into what was otherwise the great movements of massive numbers of troops.

It is of interest that while Meade wanted to concentrate in a defensive position along Pipe Creek, Robert E. Lee did not want to start an engagement until his entire army was in place. None of this happened as a result of John Reynolds, who pushed his corps into the fight and Harry Heth, marching into the cavalry screen of the Union Army.

Every historian has his take on events and I was in agreement with many of the author's opinions, but not all of them. Early in the book, he praises Oliver O. Howard in his first day of the battle. Howard was barely six weeks away from his flank being in the air at Chancellorsville and watched hopelessly as Jackson rolled it up. His performance was a little better at Gettysburg but not much. What started off as a Confederate bungle on the first day nearly resulted in a complete rout of the existing Union army. Hancock was sent to salvage the situation. Just one of the many questions of the "what ifs" of Gettysburg.



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