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The Complete Gettysburg Guide: Walking and Driving Tours of the Battlefield, Town, Cemeteries, Field Hospital Sites, and other Topics of Historical Interest Hardcover – June 1, 2009


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Savas Beatie; 1ST edition (June 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932714634
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932714630
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 7.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,927 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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J. David Petruzzi is a long-time student of American history, specializing in the Civil War. He was recently named the Historical Advisor for the upcoming 8-part TV miniseries "To Appomattox" (scheduled to begin filming in 2014).

He is the author of many articles in magazines such as America's Civil War, Civil War Times, Blue&Gray, and North and South. In 2006, his first book (with Eric Wittenberg) appeared, and is a best-selling narrative of Jeb Stuart's advance to Gettysburg titled "Plenty of Blame To Go Around." In 2008 his second book, "One Continuous Fight" (with Wittenberg and Michael Nugent), a narrative of the retreat from Gettysburg, is also a best-seller. In 2009, Petruzzi's third book, featuring maps and a complete design by acclaimed cartographer/graphic designer Steven Stanley, is titled "The Complete Gettysburg Guide." It opened to rave reviews, and won the US Army's Award for Excellence in the Reference category. As a followup, Petruzzi narrated an audio guide to the Gettysburg battlefield. Featuring packaging and maps designed by Stanley, it is one of the most popular audio guides to the field. "The New Gettysburg Campaign Handbook" by Petruzzi and Stanley was released in June 2011 and as a companion to their Gettysburg Guide, it is packed with a narrative, trivia and facts of entire campaign. Featuring a design and maps by Stanley, the book has likewise become a best-seller.

Appearing in May 2013 was Petruzzi and Stanley's newest book, "The Gettysburg Campaign in Numbers and Losses." Featuring over 60 new maps of the entire campaign by Stanley, the book contains Orders of Battle, Strengths, and detailed Losses for 48 engagements of the campaign from June 9 through July 14. Now readers will be able to see the exact losses each army suffered throughout the campaign at each engagement, as well as the total losses for the five-week period.

Petruzzi is currently working on several book projects, including a guide to the 1862 Maryland Campaign (will be released summer 2015), as well as several other Gettysburg-related projects. In 2009, following the release of the Gettysburg guide, he was a featured author on the Pennsylvania Cable Network's "PA Books" Show, which was viewed by several million subscribers across several states. He has also been a guest on PCN's Gettysburg 150th Anniversary coverage and several other PCN productions, many radio talk shows, as well as a historical advisor to documentary films and historical programs that have appeared on national television such as History, the Travel Channel, and PBS.

In addition to studying history and speaking to various historical groups and Civil War Rountables, as well as conducting battlefield tours, Petruzzi enjoys outdoor pursuits such as gardening, fishing, camping and traveling. He lives in northwest Pennsylvania.

Customer Reviews

There have been lots of battlefield guides written for those who want to visit Gettysburg.
Eric J. Wittenberg
If you are really interested in learning about Gettysburg and getting the most out of a trip there you will do no better than picking up a copy of this book.
Robert Redd
The color maps were very informative and provided an extra level of detail that you can not find on the standard black and white maps in most tour books.
Kevin Killingsworth

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53 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Killingsworth on June 2, 2009
Format: Hardcover
During my visit to Gettysburg the week prior to Memorial Day, I was fortunate to obtain a copy of "The Complete Gettysburg Guide". I have traveled to Gettysburg before and used one of the popular CD auto tour guides to see the battlefield. While that is an excellent way to get a very broad overview of the fighting at each tour stop on the battlefield, I found that it lacked much depth and provided very few human interest stories. For this most recent trip to the battlefield, I was determined to learn more than what is provided in the CD auto tour. After much searching on the internet, the description of "The Complete Gettysburg Guide" really caught my attention.

The book more or less covers the following touring topics: 1) The main battlefield 2) Outlying battlefields (the Calvary battlefields, Fairfield, Hunterstown, etc) 3) Field Hospital Sites 4) National and Evergreen Cemeteries 5) Town of Gettysburg and 6) Rock Carvings. Of the 284 pages, less than half (109 pages) focus on the main battlefield tour. The other 175 pages cover the other five topics. While the book goes into very good detail on the main battlefield, one of its main strengths is giving the other additional educational tours of the area to provide a very well rounded and more in depth education than any other tour guide I have seen on Gettysburg. I found the book to be most beneficial when touring the areas of the Longstreet's assault on July 2nd, in particular the Wheatfield. Most people I think spend about twice as much time staring off the summit of Little Round Top than they do touring the Wheatfield. As any Gettysburg enthusiast knows, the Wheatfield was by far one of the more bloody and heavily contested pieces of land of the whole battle (Little Round Top was a skirmish compared to the Wheatfield).
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Trinque VINE VOICE on June 24, 2009
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"The Complete Gettysburg Guide" by J. David Petruzzi (text) and Steven Stanley (maps) pretty well lives up to its name -- it covers the Battle of Gettysburg in considerable detail, not just the battle itself, but also peripheral matters such as the town itself, the field hospitals used after the battle, related fights at Hunterstown and Fairfiled, and even rock carvings (and dinosaur footprints!) to be found on the Battlefield. The maps are highly detailed, but clear and easy to follow. And the text gives a comprehensive view of the battle.

Obviously, this is a volume that would prove valuable in driving or walking across the Gettysburg Battlefield, but it is also evident that it is more than that: this is a volume which deserves a permanent spot on the bookshelves of Civil War enthusiasts as a ready reference to the battle. Numerous photographs, mostly modern but some contemporary, illustrate the text, beyond the glorious profusion of detailed topographical maps.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Bob on September 7, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I recently spent a weekend in Gettysburg with a fellow Civil Warrior and this book. The book was invaluable and the best thing we did in connection with the trip. We spent Friday afternoon doing the July 1 tour, Saturday on July 2-3, and Sunday doing the visitor center, East Cavalry Field, and Hunterstown.

I really appreciated the excellent maps and the insights into a number of locations that I never would have known without this guide, aside from reading about them in books. For example, seeing where Brinkerhoff's Ridge was and how it fit in was instructive, and other highlights that were a bit off the beaten path included Willoughby's Run, Pegram's deployment in the Chambersburg Pike, sit of the opening shot, finally finding Iverson's attack, Pitzer's Woods, Big Round Top and Farnsworth's charge sites, the stone wall where Benning's men took cover while attacking the Devil's Den area, the Brickyard Fight in the town, and Benner's Hill. I've been to Gettysburg several times over a 20 year period but never seen the real battlefield in depth like this. This book provides a great service to Gettysburg scholarship.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By William J. Griggs on April 26, 2010
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I have been going to Gettysburg for 15 years , and have read and purchased just about every guide book there is. This is the best so far. I have purchased two copies of this book. It gives you step by step directions to everywhere , and everything. It even gives you trivia about the monuments , and locations , and even GPS co-ordinates , for some of the hard to find locations. I recommended this book to a co-worker , who did purchase it , and like it. It is money worth spending
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mickey on March 13, 2010
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J. David Patruzzi has put together a wonderful book for Gettysburg historians and newbies alike. This work is not just a field guide but a terrific history too. The maps by Steven Stanley are some of the best in any Gettysburg book and are easily read and understood, while they show multiple positions for each unit. J.D. Patruzzi put in old photgraphs I have not seen before and they help show the terrain as the soldiers saw it. The hard back book is the highest quality and the pages are slick high stock paper. Now if all you Gettysburg historians buy this book, then maybe later we can get the Spiral paper back version to take in the field. This one is too nice to leave my library.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By T. Quinn on January 2, 2011
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This is an awesome book and packed full of information! I absolutely love Gettysburg and this book definately fills you in on all the history and must see places. Very highly recomend to anyone going to Gettysburg either for the first time or returning visitors.
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