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Beneath a northern sky : a short history of the Gettysburg Campaign
Author:
Woodworth, Steven E.
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Publication Information:
Wilmington, Del. : SR Books, 2003.
Physical Description:
xv, 241 pages : illustrations, color maps ; 23 cm.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780842029322

9780842029339
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Summary

Of all the places and events in this nation's history, Gettysburg may well be the name best known to Americans. Millions flock each year to the little town in south-central Pennsylvania where more than 135 years ago the largest, bloodiest, and most dramatic battle of the Civil War raged across the now-peaceful hills and meadows. The subject of an epic movie and a best-selling work of fiction, the battle continues to fascinate Americans. Indeed, for most Americans, Gettysburg is the Civil War. In Beneath a Northern Sky, eminent Civil War historian Steven E. Woodworth offers a balanced and thorough overview of the entire battle, its drama, and its meaning.From Lee's decision to take his heretofore successful Army of Northern Virginia across the Potomac and into Pennsylvania to the withdrawal of the battle-battered Confederate's back across the river into Virginia, Woodworth paints a vivid picture of this pivotal campaign. In this day-by-day account, he describes the fierce fighting that left 48,000 men dead or wounded at sites that have now become famous: Little Round Top, Cemetery Ridge, Devil's Den. This new book provides a realistic sequence of events surrounding the legendary Pickett's Charge, detailing the Confederate's magnificent display of courage and the Union's stalwart, rock-hard defense. Woodworth describes the strategic and tactical decision making and shows how infighting and disagreements among the leaders on both sides impacted the campaign. He details the mind set and morale of the soldiers, revealing how-surprisingly-Union leaders did not take advantage of their troops' high spirits after their victory to finish off the retreating Confederates. Instead of focusing on only one aspect of the Gettysburg Campaign as most other books do, Beneath a Northern Sky tells the tale of the entire battle in a richly detailed but swiftly moving narrative. This new approach to a defining battle is sure to fascinate Civil War buffs and all those interested in the rich history of the United States.


Summary

Of all the places and events in this nation's history, Gettysburg may well be the name best known to Americans. In Beneath a Northern Sky, eminent Civil War historian Steven E. Woodworth offers a balanced and thorough overview of the entire battle, its drama, and its meaning.From Lee's decision to take his heretofore successful Army of Northern Virginia across the Potomac and into Pennsylvania to the withdrawal of the battle-battered Confederate's back across the river into Virginia, Woodworth paints a vivid picture of this pivotal campaign. Instead of focusing on only one aspect of the Gettysburg Campaign as most other books do, Beneath a Northern Sky tells the tale of the entire battle in a richly detailed but swiftly moving narrative. This new approach to a defining battle is sure to fascinate Civil War buffs and all those interested in the rich history of the United States.


Author Notes

Steven E. Woodworth was born on January 28, 1961. He received a B.A. in history from Southern Illinois University in 1982 and a Ph.D. from Rice University in 1987. He is a professor of history at Texas Christian University and an expert on the Civil War. He has written a number of books on the topic including Jefferson Davis and His Generals: The Failure of Confederate Command in the West, While God Is Marching On: The Religious World of Civil War Soldiers, Nothing but Victory: The Army of the Tennessee 1861-1865, Manifest Destinies: Westward Expansion and the Civil War, and This Great Struggle: America's Civil War.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Steven E. Woodworth was born on January 28, 1961. He received a B.A. in history from Southern Illinois University in 1982 and a Ph.D. from Rice University in 1987. He is a professor of history at Texas Christian University and an expert on the Civil War. He has written a number of books on the topic including Jefferson Davis and His Generals: The Failure of Confederate Command in the West, While God Is Marching On: The Religious World of Civil War Soldiers, Nothing but Victory: The Army of the Tennessee 1861-1865, Manifest Destinies: Westward Expansion and the Civil War, and This Great Struggle: America's Civil War.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Choice Review

The three-day battle of Gettysburg in July 1863 will always fascinate those interested in the US Civil War, whether they are scholars or general readers. Woodworth (Texas Christian Univ.) provides fresh insights in this relatively brief overview of the battle and is judicious in his interpretation of events. He has exhaustively examined the mountain of literature on Gettysburg to provide a clear, coherent picture of an incredibly complex clash of arms. The author's treatment of Confederate General James Longstreet's behavior during the battle is particularly intriguing and quite convincing. The Confederate commander's reluctance to act at key moments played a crucial part in the defeat of Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia by George Meade's Army of the Potomac. Meade did not exploit his victory, however, and the war went on for another 21 months. Even so, the Confederacy had reached its high tide and would ebb on the battlefield in the months ahead. Woodworth has proven himself to be among the best historians of this era, and his synthesis of those terrible three days is a masterpiece. ^BSumming Up: Essential. All levels and collections. D. L. Wilson Southern Illinois University Carbondale


Choice Review

The three-day battle of Gettysburg in July 1863 will always fascinate those interested in the US Civil War, whether they are scholars or general readers. Woodworth (Texas Christian Univ.) provides fresh insights in this relatively brief overview of the battle and is judicious in his interpretation of events. He has exhaustively examined the mountain of literature on Gettysburg to provide a clear, coherent picture of an incredibly complex clash of arms. The author's treatment of Confederate General James Longstreet's behavior during the battle is particularly intriguing and quite convincing. The Confederate commander's reluctance to act at key moments played a crucial part in the defeat of Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia by George Meade's Army of the Potomac. Meade did not exploit his victory, however, and the war went on for another 21 months. Even so, the Confederacy had reached its high tide and would ebb on the battlefield in the months ahead. Woodworth has proven himself to be among the best historians of this era, and his synthesis of those terrible three days is a masterpiece. ^BSumming Up: Essential. All levels and collections. D. L. Wilson Southern Illinois University Carbondale


Table of Contents

Prefacep. xiii
List of Mapsp. xv
Chapter 1 The Confidence of Certain Victoryp. 1
Chapter 2 An Invading Army Amongst Themp. 21
Chapter 3 They Will Come Boomingp. 35
Chapter 4 I Will Fight Them Inch by Inchp. 47
Chapter 5 Like Grass Before a Scythep. 73
Chapter 6 Forward and Take Those Heights!p. 103
Chapter 7 One More Charge and the Day Is Oursp. 135
Chapter 8 Stay and Fight It Outp. 161
Chapter 9 The Appalling Grandeur of the Stormp. 181
Chapter 10 I Hope I May Live to See the End of the Warp. 209
Bibliographical Essayp. 221
Indexp. 225
Prefacep. xiii
List of Mapsp. xv
Chapter 1 The Confidence of Certain Victoryp. 1
Chapter 2 An Invading Army Amongst Themp. 21
Chapter 3 They Will Come Boomingp. 35
Chapter 4 I Will Fight Them Inch by Inchp. 47
Chapter 5 Like Grass Before a Scythep. 73
Chapter 6 Forward and Take Those Heights!p. 103
Chapter 7 One More Charge and the Day Is Oursp. 135
Chapter 8 Stay and Fight It Outp. 161
Chapter 9 The Appalling Grandeur of the Stormp. 181
Chapter 10 I Hope I May Live to See the End of the Warp. 209
Bibliographical Essayp. 221
Indexp. 225