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Gettysburg Campaign June-july 1863 (Great Campaigns) Revised Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0938289838
ISBN-10: 0938289837
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About the Author

Albert A. Nofi has a Ph.D. in Military History from the City University of New York and was associate editor for many years of the ground-breaking military journal Strategy and Tactics. He was a founder of wargaming, the conflict simulation system used both by hobbyists and military planners. Dr. Nofi has written numerous books and articles on military history and was a news media military commentator during the Persian Gulf War. He is also the author of The Gettysburg Campaign and The Waterloo Campaign.

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Product Details

  • Series: Great Campaigns
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press; Revised edition (January 22, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0938289837
  • ISBN-13: 978-0938289838
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,369,248 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By paul handscombe on April 3, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book is a very good introduction to those who want to learn a little about the battle of gettysburg. Written in an easy to read style,it covers just enough detail to whet your appetite for more, or give you confidence to talk a little on the subject: there are 20 or so short digressions intersersed throughout the text which provide a little more biographical detail on key participants, or information about notable incidents. Recommended .
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Douglas Sun on November 2, 1997
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A wholly satisfying and occasionally inspired account of one of the pivotal events in American history. Veteran military historian Al Nofi constructs a clear, thoughtful narrative of the entire campaign (concentrating, of course, on the three days of the battle itself). Solidly researched, and the orders of battle are noteworthy for their detail. Also of especial interest are the modules interspersed throughout the book, dealing with individual figures and interesting sidelights (including a speculation on what the battlefield must have smelled like after three days of carnage and camping out!). Nofi's assessments of individual commanders are almost always judicious, although he's rather more charitable to Dan Sickles than most historians. All in all, this is an essential addition to any Civil War historian's bookshelf.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By JJ on August 9, 2004
Format: Paperback
Ya I just read this book a couple days ago and i couldnt put it down its a nice book for someone who is just starting to get into the civil war exspecially Gettysburg. I just went to Gettysburg for my first time and then read the book after and it did a good job putting everything in perspective for me. It doesnt give too many details so it makes it very easy to read and understand. I reccomend this book to anyone but mostly people who are just getting interested in the campaign. Definately worth the 5 stars!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 3, 1997
Format: Paperback
Want to learn what took place at Gettysburg? Get your hands on this little gem, you won't be dissapointed. Well researched and put together, it contains several footnotes detailing the battle, the Generals, and the soldiers. A must read
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia K. Robertson TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 14, 2005
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n preparation for a recent trip to Gettysburg, I read a number of books about this historic battle. While many were more expansive and more comprehensive, I can't think of a better place to start than The Gettysburg Campaign: June and July 1863 by Albert A. Nofi. Most of the more detailed books assume that you know the basics. As a person unfamiliar with any aspect of the military, The Gettysburg Campaign provided a lot of needed background.

Nofi breaks down the armies to explain the difference between the militia, regulars, volunteers and state troops. It was possible for a soldier to belong to more than one of these groups and to hold different ranks in each. He gives "mini-lessons" on small arms, infantry weapons and tactics, the calvary, how to load a musket, who fired the first shot, and the principal battles and skirmishes. He breaks the three day battle into one day segments, explaining what happened and who won. He provides easy to read maps and diagrams of troop movements and battles, including one of the best diagrams of Pickett's Charge that I've ever seen. He also tries to answer some key questions including what happened to J.E.B. Stuart, which side had the best generals, and where was Pickett during Pickett's Charge. The Gettysburg Campaign comes complete with a color portfolio of paintings from the battle. And at the end, Nofi provides the reader with several pages of resources for the "interested layman" that includes books, journals, films, museums and Civil War interest groups.

Nofi tries to provide a human face to the battle by spotlighting a variety of soldiers and officers. He also relates the story of John Burns, the 70 year old Gettysburg resident who was the only civilian to join in the fighting.
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