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Jay Winik The Washington Post Chronicled with considerable flair and authority.

Willian D. Bushnell Civil War Book Review A compelling, gripping, and hour-by-hour account...Wert has once again added immeasurably to Civil War scholarship with this masterful story of men at war.

Stephen W. Sears author of Chancellorsville A deeply researched, thorough, and rock-solid narrative of the climactic day at Gettysburg, by one of our best...historians.

The Dallas Morning News Wert's artistic blend of analysis and narrative, enlivened by telling, firsthand descriptions of the carnage, allows readers to see Gettysburg as never before.

About the Author

Jeffry D. Wert is the author of eight previous books on Civil War topics, most recently Cavalryman of the Lost Cause and The Sword of Lincoln. His articles and essays on the Civil War have appeared in many publications, including Civil War Times Illustrated, American History Illustrated, and Blue and Gray. A former history teacher at Penns Valley High School, he lives in Centre Hall, Pennsylvania, slightly more than one hour from the battlefield at Gettysburg.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Reprint edition (July 2, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684859157
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684859156
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,548,931 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By K. Freeman on March 4, 2006
Format: Paperback
A single-volume narrative account of the third day at Gettysburg.

In all honesty, as uncharitable as this sounds, I'm not sure another study of the third day at Gettysburg was needed. Pfanz' magisterial volumes have already covered much of this material in more detail and equal narrative interest. The cavalry battles, which are Wert's addition to his narrative of the third day, are covered here in adequate detail with rather little discussion of their contribution to the battle overall. (I'd recommend Longacre's work for more detail on the cavalry.)

Wert does do an excellent job of integrating primary sources throughout his text, bringing his narrative alive. He pays more attention to Pickett(et al.)'s Charge than other events, including the assaults on Culp's Hill, and his account saves its most descriptive language for that event, sometimes slipping over the line into melodrama. His analysis of why the battle turned out as it did seems solid but not revolutionary, with some interesting comments about the limitations of Confederate artillery.

I think this would be a useful, engaging read for a person wanting a single-volume account of the Civil War's most famous battlefield moment. For more advanced researchers, I don't think that it replaces preexisting resources.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Smith on July 4, 2013
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Good text, maps and well developed. A staple in my library for trips to the battlefield for visits. Especially like the broad research into the units outside of Pickett's Virginians.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert A. Hall on December 26, 2011
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I read this fine account cover to cover on Christmas day, and will look for more of Wert's histories. It's clear, informative and well-written, using contemporary sources. Though I hold a Masters in history and have read countless Civil War books, I learned a lot. I highly recommend this to the Civil War buff.

Robert A. Hall
Author: The Coming Collapse of the American Republic
(All royalties go to a charity to help wounded vets.)
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2 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 25, 2002
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Having read several books on Gettysburg, I read this to fill in some details on the battle sequence and dependencies and another perspective on the key reasons for Confederate defeat. The book provided this but was uneven in style and is clumsy with all the quotes saying the same thing over and over... about how bad it was for everyone that lived through it. Take aways: The South lost because: (1) Lee's leadership style and communication problems, (2) Disadvantaged ground (3) Too little artilery to complete what they started. Details on battle sequence is useful but disjointed.
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