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So You Think You Know Gettysburg? The Stories behind the Monuments and the Men Who Fought One of America's Most Epic Battles Paperback – May 1, 2010


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 188 pages
  • Publisher: John F. Blair, Publisher; First Edition edition (May 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0895873745
  • ISBN-13: 978-0895873743
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 7.8 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #270,659 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

James and Suzanne Gindlesperger have visited the battlefield an average of five times a year for the past twenty years. James is a Friend of the Field at Gettysburg and the author of three books about the Civil War: Escape from Libby Prison, Seed Corn of the Confederacy, and Fire on the Water. Suzanne is the cofounder of Pennwriters, a professional organization of published and aspiring authors. The couple lives in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.

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Customer Reviews

This is a nice little book, well illustrated and a good read.
Lee F. Walters
The next trip I make to Gettysburg will be much more informative now that I have read this book.
LakesterZ06
It's well worth the money, and is laid out well with some very nice photographs.
Scott Mingus

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By James W. Durney TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 30, 2010
Format: Paperback
This is not a book that fits into one slot easily. This is a book wearing many hats, some of them very well, defying a quick or easy description. Part guidebook, part trivia quiz, and part history with a series of fine color photos it is almost impossible to slot this into a category. While doing all of this, the authors avoid creating a mess and give us a well-organized very attractive fun book. Monument descriptions are well written, informative and fun to read. The authors eschew military terms or heavy handed details in favor of an easy to understand style.
The heart and soul of the book is the monuments and the stories behind them. Ten chapters organize the battlefield into logical areas. Each area contains a map by MapQuest showing major streets and the location of the monument in the chapter. Each monument has a full color picture with a few paragraphs about the person/unit. Where possible trivia about the monument or special items to look for are included. The chapters cover McPherson's Ridge and Oak Ridge, In Town, Cemetery Hill, Culp's Hill, West Confederate Ave. North End, West Confederate Ave. South End, High Water Mark, The Westfield, Little Round Top and Devil's Den, East Cavalry Battlefield. Chapter 11 is general information about flank markers, plaques and other types of markers.
For the most part, the level of information is for the somewhat more than casual visitor to the park. The experience Gettysburg person will enjoy the color photos and the lively text. This book is an excellent choice for the price.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Robert Redd VINE VOICE on July 4, 2010
Format: Paperback
By no means do I think I know Gettysburg and this book proved it. That said...do I have an interest in Gettysburg? Yes. Do I know more about the battle than most? Probably. Can I recommend this book? Yes with small reservations.

James and Suzanne Gindlesperger are veteran Gettysburg battlefield stompers having been going there for years. Their experience at and knowledge of the park help lead us on a journey both fun and interesting.

The book is a combination travel guide, history book, and pictorial reference. What you aren't going to find here is a history of the battle. Leave that to others. What you will find here is an interesting guide through the battlefield as told by many of the monuments. The book is broken up into 11 chapters 10 of which contain maps and GPS coordinates. Chapters include McPherson's Ridge and Oak Ridge, In Town, Cemetery Hill, Culp's Hill, West Confederate Ave. North End, West Confederate Ave. South End, High Water Mark, The Wheatfield, Little Round Top and Devil's Den, East Cavalry Battlefield, and a General chapter. Each chapter hits the high points of the area as shown by monuments. Each monument receives at least one color photo, GPS coordinates, and a brief description. The "General" chapter discusses things such as reenactors, field hospitals, cannons, flank markers, and more. Actually a very valuable chapter and the Gindlespergers make note that if more people would read these type markers they would get more out of their trip.

The text is well written and edited. The photos, while rather small, help the text considerably. Without them the book would not be the same. Overall a very nice presentation. This is certainly not a book to pick up without some level of knowledge about the town and battle.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Lee F. Walters on November 5, 2010
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This is a nice little book, well illustrated and a good read. It was not my intent to look for errors, but a few are so glaring as to stand out under casual observation.
Page 39 - (also area B map) Cashtown Inn is West of Gettysburg (not East) in the town of Cashtown, PA.
Page 50 - "Free and Applied Masons" should be "Free and Accepted Masons"
Page 120 - Photo supposed to be GAR Monument is actually of the Maryland State Memorial (shown on Page 121). It is not the GAR Monument (Woolson Statue).
Page 174 - Description of 16th PA CAV monument states "A trooper stands holding his musket" but he is clearly holding a Cavalry Saber.
Page 122 - "Cannons" The model 1857 field gun "Napoleon" did fire a 12 pound solid shot (hence the designation 12 pounder) but it also fired shell, case shot and canister, the last being particularly effective against Infantry formations at ranges of 400 yards or less. While Parrot Rifles were produced in 30 pounder (and higher) varieties, the 10 and 20 pounders were commonly in field use. I am not aware of any 30 pounder on the Gettysburg Battlefield. It was technically a siege and garrison weapon, as the tube alone weighed 4,200 pounds. Howitzers are to be found there in the 12 and 24 pound variety.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on April 15, 2010
Format: Paperback
Co-written by members of the Friends of Gettysburg Foundation, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and the Civil War Preservation Trust, So You Think You Know Gettysburg? The Stories Behind the Monuments and the Men Who Fought One of America's Most Epic Battles lives up to its title with a wealth of detailed, historically accurate information about the great battle that was the turning point of the American Civil War. Full color photographs on almost every page illustrate these amazing true tales of carnage, bravery, corruption, and even screw-ups (such as the ten Confederates buried by accident in the Gettysburg National Cemetery). The complete stories behind Gettysburg's different moments form the heart of the fascinating and worthy contribution to Civil War history shelves, especially recommended for armchair travelers as the next best thing to visiting the historic sites of Gettysburg in person.
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