BRIGADES OF GETTYSBURG: THE UNION AND CONFEDERATE BRIGADES AT THE BATTLE OF GETTYSBURG by Bradley M. Gottfried
Brigades of Gettysburg: The Union and Confederate Brigades at the Battle of Gettysburg by Bradley M. Gottfried
Using a wealth of first-person accounts, Bradly M. Gottfried weaves a fascinating account of each brigade's experience at Gettysburg -- from the forced marches of weary Federal troops as they approached the town of Gettysburg to the battle's bitter and tragic end on a hot July day. Using the soldiers' own words, Gottfried vividly brings to life every action of every brigade -- where it fought, who commanded, and how it performed in battle. And we learn what it was like when the action stopped, when fear and boredom gripped the men as they waited in awful dread.
The reader is in for some surprises, such as the description of units with undistinguished pasts suddenly fighting furiously on their own soil, the number of commanders who were seeing action for the first time, and how battleflags helped shape the complexion of the battle.
Innovative in its approach, and comprehensive in its coverage, Brigades of Gettysburg is a lively and fascinating narrative that will remain a valuable resource for years to come.
Da Capo Press, Hardcover, 2002
THIS IS A BRAND NEW BOOK