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Brigades of Gettysburg : the Union and Confederate brigades at the Battle of Gettysburg
Gottfried, Bradley M.
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Cambridge, MA : Da Capo Press, [2002]

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697 pages : maps ; 26 cm
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While the battle of Gettysburg is certainly the most-studied battle in American history, a comprehensive treatment of the part played by each unit has been ignored. Brigades of Gettysburg fills this void by presenting a complete account of every brigade unit at Gettysburg and providing a fresh perspective of the battle.Using the words of enlisted men and officers, the author-well-known Civil War historian Bradley Gottfried-weaves a fascinating narrative of the role played by every brigade at the famous three-day battle, as well as a detailed description of each brigade unit. Organized by order of battle, each brigade is covered in complete and exhaustive detail: where it fought, who commanded, what constituted the unit, and how it performed in battle. Innovative in its approach and comprehensive in its coverage, Brigades of Gettysburg is certain to be a classic and indispensable reference for the battle of Gettysburg for years to come.

Author Notes

Dr. Bradley M. Gottfried is President of Sussex County Community College in New Jersey. He is the author of three Civil War books

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Gottfried (Roads to Gettysburg) paints a fine-grained portrait of the decisive battle of the Civil War in this exhaustive, engrossing study. In vividly written narratives that draw heavily on first-hand accounts of the fighting, he recounts every brigade's training and prior history in combat, profiles its commanders and chronicles its experiences in the course of the battle. The conflict emerges less as a coherent whole than as a series of small, disjointed brigade-level actions-a perspective close to that of the soldiers, who had no grand overview to help them make sense of the unfolding battle. The result is a human-scale view of the varied experiences of the participants: the grueling marches, the effects of heat and exhaustion, which sometimes felled more soldiers than enemy bullets did, the occasionally prickly relations between officers and men, the tedium and anxiety as soldiers waited to go into action and the panic and elation when they did. Gottfried's treatment has its limitations: it is hard to follow the main "plot" of the battle, since no brigade witnessed more than a fragment of it, and the fine maps of individual battlefield sectors should have been supplemented with an overall map to orient readers. Those unfamiliar with the battle will need to consult a conventional history, but Civil War buffs will delight in this gripping addition to the literature of Gettysburg. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Prefacep. 11
Battle of Gettysburg Mapsp. 13
Union Brigades
I Corps (Reynolds, Doubleday, Newton)p. 35
1st Division (Wadsworth)p. 38
1st Brigade (Meredith)p. 39
2nd Brigade (Cutler)p. 48
2nd Division (Robinson)p. 61
1st Brigade (Paul)p. 62
2nd Brigade (Baxter)p. 69
3rd Division (Doubleday, Rowley)p. 79
1st Brigade (Rowley, Biddle)p. 81
2nd Brigade (Stone)p. 89
3rd Brigade (Stannard)p. 97
II Corps (Hancock)p. 109
1st Division (Caldwell)p. 111
1st Brigade (Cross)p. 113
Irish Brigade (Kelly)p. 118
3rd Brigade (Zook)p. 121
4th Brigade (Brooke)p. 126
2nd Division (Gibbon)p. 135
1st Brigade (Harrow)p. 136
2nd Brigade (Webb)p. 143
3rd Brigade (Hall)p. 151
3rd Division (Hays)p. 161
1st Brigade (Carroll)p. 162
2nd Brigade (Smyth)p. 167
3rd Brigade (Willard)p. 175
III Corps (Sickles)p. 185
1st Division (Birney)p. 187
1st Brigade (Graham)p. 188
2nd Brigade (Ward)p. 194
3rd Brigade (de Trobriand)p. 201
2nd Division (Humphreys)p. 212
1st Brigade (Carr)p. 214
2nd Brigade (Brewster)p. 219
3rd Brigade (Burling)p. 223
V Corps (Meade, Sykes)p. 233
1st Division (Barnes)p. 235
1st Brigade (Tilton)p. 237
2nd Brigade (Sweitzer)p. 241
3rd Brigade (Vincent)p. 245
2nd Division (Sykes, Ayres)p. 256
1st Brigade (Ayres, Day)p. 258
2nd Brigade (Burbank)p. 260
3rd Brigade (Weed)p. 263
3rd Division (Crawford)p. 269
1st Brigade (McCandless)p. 272
3rd Brigade (Fisher)p. 275
VI Corps (Sedgwick)p. 283
1st Division (Wright)p. 285
2nd Division (Howe)p. 289
3rd Division (Newton, Wheaton)p. 292
3rd Brigade (Wheaton, Nevin)p. 296
XI Corps (Howard, Schurz)p. 301
1st Division (Barlow, Ames)p. 304
1st Brigade (von Gilsa)p. 305
2nd Brigade (Ames)p. 311
2nd Division (von Steinwehr)p. 321
1st Brigade (Coster)p. 322
2nd Brigade (Smith)p. 327
3rd Division (Schurz, Schimmelfennig)p. 335
1st Brigade (Schimmelfennig, von Amsberg)p. 336
2nd Brigade (Krzyzanowski)p. 341
XII Corps (Slocum, Williams)p. 349
1st Division (Williams, Ruger)p. 351
1st Brigade (McDougall)p. 353
2nd Brigade (Lockwood)p. 359
3rd Brigade (Ruger, Colgrove)p. 364
2nd Division (Geary)p. 375
1st Brigade (Candy)p. 377
2nd Brigade (Kane, Cobham)p. 383
3rd Brigade (Greene)p. 387
Confederate Brigades
First Corps (Longstreet)p. 399
McLaws's Divisionp. 402
Kershaw's Brigadep. 403
Barksdale's Brigadep. 410
Semmes's Brigadep. 416
Wofford's Brigadep. 419
Hood's Division (Hood, Law)p. 427
Law's Brigadep. 428
Robertson's Brigadep. 435
Benning's Brigadep. 444
Anderson's Brigadep. 451
Pickett's Divisionp. 463
Kemper's Brigadep. 465
Armistead's Brigadep. 472
Garnett's Brigadep. 477
Second Corps (Ewell)p. 487
Early's Divisionp. 490
Gordon's Brigadep. 492
Hoke's Brigade (Avery)p. 496
Hays's Brigadep. 501
Smith's Brigadep. 507
Rodes's Divisionp. 514
Daniel's Brigadep. 517
Doles's Brigadep. 523
Iverson's Brigadep. 527
Ramseur's Brigadep. 532
O'Neal's Brigadep. 537
Johnson's Divisionp. 548
Steuart's Brigadep. 550
Nicholl's Brigade (Williams)p. 557
Walker's Brigadep. 560
Jones's Brigadep. 564
Third Corps (Hill)p. 571
Anderson's Divisionp. 574
Wilcox's Brigadep. 576
Mahone's Brigadep. 582
Perry's Brigade (Lang)p. 584
Posey's Brigadep. 588
Wright's Brigadep. 593
Heth's Division (Heth, Pettigrew)p. 604
Pettigrew's Brigadep. 606
Davis's Brigadep. 613
Brockenbrough's Brigadep. 621
Archer's Brigadep. 625
Pender's Division (Pender, Lane, Trimble)p. 639
McGowan's Brigade (Perrin)p. 641
Lane's Brigadep. 646
Scales's Brigadep. 651
Thomas's Brigadep. 656
Bibliography of Union and Confederate Brigadesp. 661
Indexp. 683