This stunning narrative of the epic Battle of Gettysburg begins with the clash of Union and Confederate armies at Chancellorsville and concludes with Robert E. Lee's retreat through Pennsylvania and escape across the Potomac. Award-winning historian Craig L. Symonds recounts the events of three hot, brutal days in July when Americans struggled battled one another across a dozen square miles of rolling Pennsylvania countryside.
Symonds details the military strategy of both sides, including the Confederate decision to invade the North, the cat-and-mouse game in Maryland and Pennsylvania, and, finally, the terrible clash of arms on the hills and fields of Gettysburg. Firsthand accounts humanize generals and individual soldiers of the Blue and Gray who fought for their lives, their homes, and their convictions.
This is the story of Gettysburg as it has never been told before.
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The Battle of Gettysburg
Very well written by an engaging author. The wide amount of in-depth facts and explanations are presented so as to keep the reader interested and wanting more. While the subject matter could get very dry, very quickly, we are given information that can appeal to readers regardless of their level of knowledge about Gettysburg.