Gettysburg

Gettysburg A masterful single volume history of the Civil War s greatest campaign Drawing on original source material from soldiers letters to official military records of the war Stephen W Sears s Gettysburg

  • Title: Gettysburg
  • Author: Stephen W. Sears
  • ISBN: 9780618485383
  • Page: 264
  • Format: Paperback
  • A masterful, single volume history of the Civil War s greatest campaign Drawing on original source material, from soldiers letters to official military records of the war, Stephen W Sears s Gettysburg is a remarkable and dramatic account of the legendary campaign He takes particular care in his study of the battle s leaders and offers detailed analyses of their strategA masterful, single volume history of the Civil War s greatest campaign Drawing on original source material, from soldiers letters to official military records of the war, Stephen W Sears s Gettysburg is a remarkable and dramatic account of the legendary campaign He takes particular care in his study of the battle s leaders and offers detailed analyses of their strategies and tactics, depicting both General Meade s heroic performance in his first week of army command and General Lee s role in the agonizing failure of the Confederate army With characteristic style and insight, Sears brings the epic tale of the battle in Pennsylvania vividly to life.

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    1. Stephen W. Sears

      Stephen Ward Sears is an American historian specializing in the American Civil War.A graduate of Lakewood High School and Oberlin College, Sears attended a journalism seminar at Radcliffe Harvard As an author he has concentrated on the military history of the American Civil War, primarily the battles and leaders of the Army of the Potomac He was employed as editor of the Educational Department at the American Heritage Publishing Company.Sears resides in Norwalk, Connecticut.

    642 thoughts on “Gettysburg”

    1. The sesquicentennial of the American Civil War fast approaches and I couldn’t be more excited. It promises to be a bonanza of books, movies, documentaries, and various other retrospectives, including the New York Times’ laudable and addicting Disunion blog. I can hardly contain myself, and have spent a bit of time preparing for the celebrations. Fireworks. Check. Flask of whiskey. Check. Stale crackers that I will substitute for hardtack. Check. Irritatingly pedagogic emails to be sent to my [...]


    2. A very detailed account of the battle. If you want a blow by blow, person by person narrative, this is it. Well written. I found the politicking of the generals interesting. Some things never change. Despite the fact it's life and death for the common soldier, many generals still are more interested in their career.The dry narrative hides the horror of this kind of battle; the bodies torn and destroyed.I used this book as a reference for my Gettysburg mission in Independence Day (Time Patrol) In [...]


    3. I was visiting Gettysburg the weekend I started reading this book and brought the book along as my textbook. I've read other books about Gettysburg, but I understand this is an especially good overview of the battle. During the weekend I was in Gettysburg, I got to see the monument that commemorates the first shot fired at Gettysburg. It's easy to miss because it's quite small and, until recently, was on private land. The Park Service recently purchased the house and property on which the monume [...]


    4. An excellent book about the most famous battle of the Civil War. Sears does a great job of covering every last bit of the battle in depth. He includes the lead up to the battle, with Lee's initial discussions with Jefferson Davis about invading Pennsylvania and the fallout from Chancellorsville in Hooker's army which eventually leads to Hooker's resignation (and replacement by Meade) when he is in the midst of chasing the Rebel army.The book paints quite an interesting picture of the squabbling [...]


    5. I think I see the value of Sears' work. He is not an exacting historian. He is not an archive rat who will prove the precise location of a regiment in an obscure battle. He also has defined bias aganist certain men who can seemingly do nothing right in this book (Howard, Slocum, Pleasanton, Kilpatrick, etc.) He is also not a person to overturn the existing orthodoxy. This does not mean he does not have original insights. His take on Hooker is fresh and solid although some of Hooker's less savory [...]


    6. I am going to Gettysburg this autumn and plan to read or re - read several of the most authoratative books of the battle. Sear's has written an excellent and gripping chronicle of the battle and the military and political context around it. His source material for the military intelligence and command decisions of Army of the Potomac is excellent. On the other hand , there is not any new insight or perspective on the reasons for the most controversial actions of Lee's army. Lots of speculation a [...]


    7. Every time I visit Gettysburg (when I lived in MD it was usually once a year to play guide to visitors) I will re-read this book. The book makes the battle come alive in ways that just the facts and photos can't. Stephen Sears humanizes what to most is just historical facts learned in school. If you are unable to visit Gettysburg, you can with this book, the details and descriptions are that good. If you can visit Gettysburg, reading this book will enhance the visit. You feel the sick sense of d [...]


    8. Gettysburg by Sears is a military study of the Gettsyburg Campaign, beginning just after the Battle of Chancellorsville and ending with the retreat of the Army of Northern Virginia across the Potomac River in mid-July 1863. The strengths of the book - or maybe more accurately my prior weaknesses - come prior to the battle and after the battle. Sears does a good job of explaining Lee's sales pitch to President Davis for a Northern Invasion. Lee desires to go on the offensive in order to regain st [...]


    9. This is an outstanding compilation on the Gettysburg campaign. I have read the Landscape Turned Red, Chancellorsville, and now Gettysburg. I enjoyed every page of every book. This book explains Lee’s reason for the invasion of Pennsylvania…. first the Army of Northern Virginia needed food and supplies for their men and forage for their horses and secondly the South needed a victory to offset the pending loss of Vicksburg. Lee believed reinforcing Vicksburg would do nothing more than dilute t [...]


    10. The word 'meticulous' was invented for this book. The sheer detail is amazing, and it has a positive and a negative effect.First the negatives: at some points it reads like a college textbook, especially in the opening few chapters when it is listing the various corps and their commanders. You can not easily breeze-read this book (unless you don't sweat comprehension). There's also the problem with keeping track of the seemingly thousands of regiments and divisions and their leaders that are det [...]


    11. The title of this book is a bit deceiving. There is much more to this work than just the battle itself. Sears sets up the scenario by revealing how the different pieces for this accidental battle fell into place. It begins with Lee and Davis planning their invasion of the North with the parallel account of the political bickering in the Union Army which resulted in General Meade becoming the reluctant Commander of the Army of the Potomac. The Gettysburg Campaign begins June 3 in Culpeper VA as L [...]


    12. This is probably the most comprehensive and indepth study of what's arguably the most famous battle of the Civil War, and possibly of American history. It covers more than just the events of those three fateful days; it delves briefly into the events of the war so far that led up to the battle, the personalities of the generals and their subordinates, and attempts to explain the rationalizations for the decisions (both good and bad) that ultimately helped decide the victor. In particular, I love [...]


    13. If you are fascinated by civil war history and enjoy a well researched history book than you should give Stephen Sears a try. I read this book last year in expectation of a trip to the Gettysburg battlefield in Pennsylvania. It was a slow read for me but one well worth the time. I found myself re-reading sections of the book as I traversed the town and battlfield upon finishing the book. A fantastic piece of historical documentation. The best thing about Sear's books are the variety of sources h [...]


    14. Faulted Sears's Chancellorsville for spending too much time locating every bullet that was ever fired. Then my National park ranger and old room mate took me on a trip through Fredricksburg, Marys Heights, and on to Chancellorship where he forced marched us along Stonewall Jackson's flanking maneuver. Made me appreciate Sear's detail. His Gettysburg is even better. Here he not only locates the bullets but the soldiers that fired them and all but climbs into the minds of the field general's who f [...]


    15. Once I began this I was unable to do much else except read it to the end. A good battle story should cover both the top-level political and strategic context and decisions as well as the view of the soldiers on the ground, bringing out both the exhaustion, horror and heroism. Sears does all of this well and in detail. General Lee, brilliant in earlier victories, is portrayed as out of action here. General Meade, later criticized for not pursuing the confederates afterward, comes across well as i [...]


    16. One of, if not the, most amazing volume of history I've ever read. He not only dives into the details of each day's battle, but he goes to great lengths to examine the events the lead up to and essentially set up the battle of Gettysburg. He lends a very fair and intellectual curious eye and writes with the power and suspense of fiction.


    17. A truly great work on the battle. Does a very good job of covering the transition from Hooker to Meade and addresses the many questions regarding Lee and his subordinates during the battle.I would recommend this work to anyone interested in the battle. Detailed, even-handed without being non-judgmental just a great work.


    18. A well-written account of the battle that changed the face of the Civil War. Strategy and lack of strategy are clearly explained in this tome. The maps are useful and the character research adds to one's understanding of this battle.


    19. This is an outstanding book on the battle. It has enough detail for the serious student of the battle yet the story doesn't bog down with too much detail. The writing is clear and all facets of the fighting are covered.


    20. This is by far the best history of the battle of Gettysburg that I've ever read (and I've read too many). I would, however, recommend that you have a basic knowledge of the military jargon of the time, specifically dealing with the organization of the respective armies.Highly Recommended.


    21. Brilliant, should be read after the "The Killer Angels." This book replaces the emotion of the latter with the factual details of the overall execution of these horrific days.


    22. May be the best of the many Gettysburg books. The author captures the human experience as well as explaining the military tatics.


    23. Reading this in honor of the 150th anniversary next week. I have read THE KILLER ANGELS, this being my second Gettysburg book but I hear this is one of the best so I'm looking forward to this one!



    24. The Civil War, particularly the Battle of Gettysburg, retains its hold on the imagination of Americans. We seek to understand our country by studying the events of these terrible but formative years. The Civil War did indeed lead to a "new birth of freedom" in the United States. We still struggle to understand and to develop the implications of this "new birth".Stephen Sears is a distinguished military historian of the Civil War who has written in this book an outstanding account of the pivotal [...]


    25. This is the most thorough and brilliant account of the Battle of Gettysburg (all three days, plus the approach and the departure) I have ever read.I have to laugh at the reviews that claim there is too much detail here. Hey, folks, look at the title, and look at the number of pages. If you aren't ready to have the complete, detailed account, you should know before you buy it or check it out from your library that this isn't for you. I used to teach about the American Civil War, and it continues [...]


    26. I enjoyed this well told story as I listened to it on my bike rides without the benefit of maps. I have read enough about Gettysburg and visited and walked the ground enough to be able to follow story, but I missed the maps. I finally reverted to the maps in Cuelso's Gettysburg: The Last Invasion and one of my two copies of The West Point Atlas of the Civil War. Maps- or the lack thereof- in war/battle histories continues to be a pet peeve. A location- town, hill, field, forest, etc.- or unit sh [...]


    27. A great book by Sears who is a brilliant researcher. It has to be a daunting task to write on a subject that hundreds of others have. I take a little umbrage with his lauding of praise on General Meade. Yes it was his first week in command and he did consolidate the army to help make victory possible. But Hancock was the lead for the union in this battle. IMO no mistaking that. This was Lee's battle to lose, and he did, but that doesn't make Meade great. He was in fact a little above average dur [...]


    28. A comprehensive history of the battle, this is a very good book if you want to get into the weeds of July 1-3, 1863. My three star rating reflects my own preferences - ultimately, for me, the details of the battle are less interesting than the larger historical context of the war. The book is very well written and full of interesting detail, but at times for me it was a struggle to get through the minutiae relating to troop movements and individual regiments.


    29. A well written book for what it is. Unfortunately, what it is happens to be a style of book that is clearly not for me; that is, a dry book largely about detailed military orders and maneuvers, largely lacking in greater human interest. I'm sure this is an amazing book for someone who is interested only in military strategy and the minute details of battle, but for me, it lacked the greater details about the humanity involved.


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