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The Life and Letters of General George Gordon Meade (2 Volume Set) Hardcover – July, 1996

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"A basic source for the Army of the Potomac, the general's letters reveal an eccentric, yet appealing, personality with a remarkably perceptive mind." Mullins & Rowena, The Union Bookshelf. "The essential title for any study of Meade..." Gary Gallagher, Civil War: The Magazine of the Civil War Society. General George Gordon Meade served ably as a Fifth Corps commander through June 1863 when he was suddenly thrust into the difficult role of Commanding General of the Army of the Potomac just prior to the Battle of Gettysburg.

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Butternut & Blue; 2nd edition (July 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0935523383
  • ISBN-13: 978-0935523386
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.4 x 3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,556,414 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 6, 2001
George Gordon Meade served ably as a Fifth Corps commander through June, 1863. Then he was suddenly thrust into the difficult role of commanding the Army of the Potomac only days prior to the Battle of Gettysburg. For the rest of the war, Meade served capably as commander of the Federal army in the East. Supplementing this important two volume set is a grouping of 76 photographs. These images were taken from scrap books organized by the general's son after the war. Many of the men who served on Meade's staff are shown here, as are scenes of the 1864-65 campaigning.
"The essential title for any study of Meade is The Life and Letters of George Gordon Meade, Major-General United States Army, 2 vols. (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1913), edited with connecting text by his son George Meade. Understandably favorable to its subject, this work nevertheless offers innumerable insights into Meade's personality, his opinions on a range of subjects, and his service during the war with Mexico as well as the Civil War. He emerges as an honest, patriotic officer increasingly concerned with a lack of public recognition for his contributions after Gettysburg. Life and Letters may not transform all readers into enthusiastic supporters of George Gordon Meade. It will give them a better understanding, however, of the war in the East, the internal dynamics of the Army of the Potomac and the contributions of one of the Union's most important soldiers. Happily, the set has been recently reprinted, with an excellent introduction by Richard A. Sauers and dozens of new illustrations, as part of Butternut and Blue's "Army of the Potomac Series." Generally available for the first time in many years, this basic title on one of the Union's leading soldiers and its most important army should find an appreciative audience." Gary W. Gallagher, book review from Civil War Magazine
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3 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sharon Craven on February 7, 2000
General George Gordon Meade, is in fact my great great grandfather! Over the last several years I've been putting together the true story of his life along with a few hundred years of our fathers. There are many historical branches to my family,this book that I freely give to my posterity will have been a great labor of love ,but well worth all the trouble.
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