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Gettysburg

 
 
Author
Stephen W. Sears.
Publisher Mariner  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 9 x 5.95 x 1.7 inches
ISBN 9780618485383
Pages/Publication Date 623/2004
Daedalus Item Code 59584
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(Winner of the 2003 Fletcher Pratt Award, a New York Times Notable Book and a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year) In this superbly detailed and substantive account, Stephen Sears offers dramatic and informed accounts of every aspect of the Gettysburg campaign. He takes particular care in his portraits of the battle's leaders and offers detailed analyses of their strategies and tactics, depicting both General Meade's remarkable performance in his first week of army command and General Lee's role in the agonizing failure of the Confederate army. A former editor at the American Heritage Publishing Company and the author of numerous Civil War histories, Stephen Sears has been called "arguably the preeminent living historian of the war's eastern theater" by the New York Times Book Review.

"The best one-volume history of Gettysburg.... Sears is the Bruce Catton of his generation, the leading historian of the war in the east."Baltimore Sun

"Sears casts his net wide, beginning with Lee's meeting with Davis in May 1863, where he argued in favor of marching north, to take pressure off both Vicksburg and Confederate logistics. It ends with the battered Army of Northern Virginia re-crossing the Potomac some two months later, a near-run on both sides as Meade was finally unwilling to drive his equally battered Army of the Potomac into a desperate pursuit. In between is the balanced, clear and detailed story of how 60,000 men became casualties, and how the winning of Confederate independence on the battlefield was put forever out of reach. The author generally is spare with scapegoating, although he has little use for Union men Dan Sickles (who advanced against orders on the second day) or Oliver Howard (whose Corps broke and was routed on the first day), or Richard Ewell of the Confederacy, who decided not to take Culp's Hill on the first night, when that might have been decisive. Sears also strongly urges the view that Lee was not fully in control of his army on the march or in the battle, a view borne out in his gripping narrative of Pickett's Charge, which makes many aspects of that nightmare much clearer than they have been before."Publishers Weekly

 
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