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  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Colecraft Industries (October 22, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0977712575
  • ISBN-13: 978-0977712571
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 7.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #494,791 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Scott Mingus on November 22, 2008
Hanover resident and Licensed Battlefield Guide John T. Krepps has spent years researching the Battle of Hanover, and the general Civil War history of southwestern York County, Pennsylvania. I ran into John a couple of years ago in the State Archives in Harrisburg when I was researching the state damage claims for York County, searching for stories about farmers and businesses raided by the Louisiana Tigers. John was researching the same files for a manuscript on the Battle of Hanover. Now, Colecraft Industries has published John's exhaustive work.

A Strong and Sudden Onslaught: The Cavalry Action at Hanover, Pennsylvania is a wonderful book, full of well researched accounts that have rarely or never been used in any previous studies of the June 30, 1863, battle. In addition to the damage claims, Krepps makes extensive use of Hanover-area accounts, including newspapers, letters, diaries, and other accounts from local eyewitnesses. He has also scoured hundreds of soldier's accounts and digested them in a fast-paced narrative that breaks new ground.

In particular, Krepps takes a fresh look at primary accounts that strongly suggest that there was much more fighting in along the road between Littlestown and Hanover than previously believed or documented in the most common secondary accounts of the battles. He has perhaps the most detailed account ever written of the actual fighting in and around Hanover itself, and skillfully weaves in civilian and military accounts to paint as complete a picture of the confused battle as can be done, given the scarcity of contemporary Southern reports and accounts.
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The Union Calvary played a critically important but often under-appreciated role in the June/July campaign of 1863 that saw what was to prove the pivotal battle of Gettysburg. Beginning on June 30, 1863 (the day before the battle of Gettysburg began), Union Calvary forces were deployed and were able to deflect Jeb Stuart's main Confederate Calvary units away from the impending battle and prevent them from uniting with the forces under General Robert E. Lee's main troupe positions. Civil war historian John T. Krepps lays out this critically important cavalry action in "A Strong And Sudden Onslaught: The Cavalry Action At Hanover, Pennsylvania" is great detail. His informed and informative text is enhanced with the inclusion of period photos and maps, making "A Strong And Sudden Onslaught" an impressive and seminal contribution to the growing library of American Civil War literature.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Garrett Clay on December 10, 2011
On June 30, 1863 my great great grandfather, a soldier in the 1st West Virgina Calvary, was killed in action in this battle. This well researched book brought that event back to me. Reading the stories of the battle from the perspectives of the residents transported me back 150 years, it was wonderful. With some certainty I now know where he died within a 100 yard radius, how he died and what the impact of his death was.
Although not a historian my reading of this battle's impact is it may have won the war for the Union. The fact is clear that this battle removed the Rebel calvary from Gettysburg, not having calvary- scouts- at Gettysburg had a huge influence on the outcome of the most decisive battle of the war.
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