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464 pp., 6 x 9, 75 color plates., 59 halftones, 47 maps, notes, index

Paper
ISBN  978-0-8078-3525-8
Published: July 2013

A Field Guide to Gettysburg

Experiencing the Battlefield through Its History, Places, and People

By Carol Reardon and Tom Vossler


In this lively guide to the Gettysburg battlefield, Carol Reardon and Tom Vossler invite readers to participate in a tour of this hallowed ground. Ideal for carrying on trips through the park as well as for the armchair historian, this book includes comprehensive maps and deft descriptions of the action that situate visitors in time and place. Crisp narratives introduce key figures and events, and eye-opening vignettes help readers more fully comprehend the import of what happened and why. A wide variety of contemporary and postwar source materials offer colorful stories and present interesting interpretations that have shaped--or reshaped--our understanding of Gettysburg today.

Each stop addresses the following:

What happened here?

Who fought here?

Who commanded here?

Who fell here?

Who lived here?

How did participants remember this event?

About the Author

Carol Reardon is George Winfree Professor of American History at Pennsylvania State University and author of four books, including With a Sword in One Hand and Jomini in the Other: The Problem of Military Thought in the Civil War North. She has taught at West Point and the U.S. Army War College, and she leads staff rides and tours of Gettysburg for many military and civilian groups. Tom Vossler, a combat veteran and retired U.S. Army colonel, is former director of the U.S. Army Military History Institute. As a licensed battlefield guide, he leads over one hundred battlefield tours and leadership seminars each year. Both authors live in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.


Reviews

"The authors have gone far beyond [a battlefield guide]. . . . An excellent source for Civil War buffs and anyone interested in the history and locale of Gettysburg."
--Library Journal 2013 Best Reference Book

“This new Field Guide is the best to appear on this subject in recent years. Highly recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above; general readers.”
--Choice

"An attractive presentation--beautiful color photos and handsomely laid-out text--partners with a wealth of information on individuals, troop movements, and skirmishes, amounting to an indispensable guide to a major event in American history."
--Booklist

"[The authors'] easy familiarity with the terrain, the historical facts of the battle, and eye-opening local anecdotes make the guide a valuable companion for first-time visitors, veteran battlefield trampers, as well as armchair explorers."
--The Civil War Round Table-District of Columbia

“An extremely useful resource for making one’s way intelligently across the battleground as well as a stirring account of the battle and its varied meanings in the past and present. . . . This unique book enables all readers to better comprehend the places, events, and memories that make up the battle of Gettysburg. As such, no matter how limited or extensive one’s Civil War library, it deserves a special place on the shelf.”
--Civil War Monitor

"I would wholeheartedly endorse that serious battlefield trampers give Reardon and Vossler's guide a trial run in the field. . . . There's also more than enough material inside the book for satisfactory home reading."
--Civil War Books and Authors

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