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The Gettysburg Campaign

[Study in Command]The Gettysburg Campaign
by Edwin B. Coddington

Gettysburg park licensed guides say that this is the one book they consider the foundation of their knowledge and essential to passing their licensing exam.

An excellent in-depth accounting the Gettysburg campaign The events leading up to the battle of Gettysburg, and the battle itself, stand as one of the most significant points in American history. This narrative covers events several months prior to the battle, with a comparatively brief description of the battle itself. The strength of the book is clearly in the campaign itself, with ample reflection on the motives and causes leading to the conflict. The author skillfully overlays the campaign against the political backdrop of the period, and seems to relate many of the command decisions to Presidental authority. While the author presents little novel information, he has done a masterful job of progessively focusing the reader on the causes of the campaign, the difficulties faced by each of the commanders, the onset of the battle, and the aftermath. The book is impeccably referenced and researched, and stands as a indispensible resource for all interested in the Civil War. This book will appeal to anyone who is serious in their study of Gettysburg.

Confederate Battle Flag

[The Confederate Battle Flag at Gettysburg]
'The Damned Red Flags of the Rebellion'
by Richard Rollins

This is the first and foremost book on the subject of the Confederate battle flags. Not only does it provide a very detailed look at the flags lost at Gettysburg but, it also gives a true relationship of the men and their flags and what it meant to them. It is a book all people, who look at the Condeferate Flag either as a symbol of hate or one of a heritage long past, should read. It places the flag and the people surrounding it in their proper light. It tells the concise story of how the flag came to be, it military as well as social place in the American Civil War and in this country's heritage.
Gettysburg: The Second Day

[Gettysburg: The Second Day]

Gettysburg: The Second Day
by Harry W. Pfanz

The full dynamics of Longstreet's Charge on the second day, from the suppression of the Union artillery in the Peach Orchard to the attacks and counterattacks around the Wheat Field, Devil's Den, and Little Round Top. The tactics are explained on regimental level. The assault by Anderson's Division on Cemetery Ridge are included.
Pickett's Charge

[Pickett's Charge in History and Memory]
Pickett's Charge in History and Memory
by Carol Reardon

Civil War America Pickett's Charge--The Battle of Gettysburg--is best remembered as the turning point of the U.S. Civil War. But Penn State historian Carol Reardon reveals how hard it is to remember the past accurately, especially when an event such as this one so quickly slipped into myth. She writes, "From the time the battle smoke cleared, Pickett's Charge took on this chameleon like aspect and, through a variety of carefully constructed nuances, adjusted superbly to satisfy the changing needs of Northerners, Southerners, and, finally, the entire nation."
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