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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Regnery History (June 10, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1621570436
  • ISBN-13: 978-1621570431
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 8 x 2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,752 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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July 2013 marks the 150th anniversary of the greatest battle fought on American soil, so one can expect an avalanche of books, articles, and essays that “celebrate” an anniversary that should more properly be mourned. The photographs provided here are still striking, but most have been seen before. What gives this work power, intimacy, and poignancy is the collection of eyewitness accounts that proceed chronologically from the prelude to the three-day battle that altered the course of the Civil War. A British military observer describes Robert E. Lee in reverential terms, noting his dignity and the devotion of his soldiers. Lee himself writes a letter justifying his risky invasion of the North. A Union soldier speculates that Southern independence might be inevitable. Confederate General James Longstreet recalls his efforts to dissuade Lee from the frontal attack on the Union center. Finally, the climactic charge led by George Pickett is described from multiple perspectives. This is an excellent addition to Civil War collections. --Jay Freeman

About the Author

A former journalist, historian Rod Gragg is director of the Center for Military and Veterans Studies at Coastal Carolina University, where he also serves as an adjunct professor of history. His works have earned the Fletcher Pratt Award, the James I. Robertson Award and other honors, and have been selected for the Book-of-the-Month Club, the History Book Club and the Military History Book Club.

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I highly recommend this to Civil War newbies and history buffs alike.
Monica
The letters and diaries from the men who fought the battle tell the story in a way modern historians can't.
Robert Redd
It was a pleasure to read and I learned something new every day while reading it.
Darlene Richardson

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Robert Redd VINE VOICE on June 23, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Yes, it is the 150th anniversary year of the Battle of Gettysburg and the publishers are putting forth their best efforts to supply the interest of those wanting to read about the Civil War and this battle in particular.

Gragg, who has written previously on the 26th North Carolina Infantry at Gettysburg, covers the Battle of Gettysburg chronologically starting with the Confederate advance into Maryland and later Pennsylvania. We learn the reason Robert E. Lee wanted to go north and we follow both Confederate and Union armies out of Confederate territory as Lee attempts to shift the battle and the opinion of the northern public.

Once the opposing troops come to blows Gragg outlines the battle through three bloody days: from the initiation of battle to the beginning of the retreat from Pennsylvania. Readers will learn about the battle and strategy, the battlefield itself, the men fighting the war and more. The book wraps up nicely with the after action reports of both Generals Meade and Lee.

The word "illustrated" in the title means more than photos here. Yes, the book contains numerous b/w photos however the armchair reader may be disappointed in the text to photo ratio so to speak. The photos are excellent and come from varied sources; not all the standard rehashed ones.

To me though the word "illustrated" really is in relation to who Gragg lets tell his story. He "illustrates" his work using the words of the participants themselves. As the subtitle says "Eyewitness History". Gragg has mined sources old and familiar to those seldom seen and many that I was not familiar with at all to tell the story of the battle from the perspective of those on the ground who actually lived it.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By James T. Kinard on June 19, 2013
Format: Hardcover
There are nearly 200 books written about the Battle of Gettysburg. So, what makes this one special? It was written by the men who fought the battle. Most people know the names of Meade, Lee, Hooker and Pickett, but in this very readable book, the names of Martin, Howard and Coxe also stand out. Rod Gragg's exhaustive research has led to a riveting tale of three days in July in 1863 that set the course for our country's future. And, if you're looking for Gettysburg trivia, keep a notepad handy.
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Format: Hardcover
This week marks the 150th anniversary (the sesquicentennial) of the Battle of Gettysburg of the American Civil War. It marked the high water mark of for the Southern Confederacy and the turning of the tide for the Union Forces. While the war would continue through early 1865, the fortunes for the South continued to ebb.

This huge battle left many men shattered, broken, and dead and we justly remember it to this day. This book was put together by Rod Gragg and while all works of history must reflect (to varying degrees) the historian who wrote the history, the author's goal is to use contemporary documents to let the voices of Gettysburg speak for themselves. We not only hear from the generals and politicians, but the soldiers themselves in their own letters home. We also get accounts from local citizens of what happened to their lives during the battle. For example, on page 260 we see a soldier's illustration of "Ginnie" Wade who was a local woman killed by a stray bullet while kneading dough in her sister's house.

Moreover, being an illustrated history, he does us a great service by gathering together many contemporary (or near contemporary) black and white images of the battle that help us see the men, technology, events, and society of that period in American History. There are also maps to help us understand how the battle unfolded.

Appendix 1 is the official after action report of General George Meade and Appendix 2 is the same for General Robert E. Lee.

I found this to be an interesting and valuable book. Reading contemporary views of the battle provides an interesting perspective that helps us as we read present day evaluations of the battle and keep the various perspectives in mind for a deeper image of this vital battle in the Civil War and our country's history.

Reviewed by Craig Matteson, Saline, MI
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Darlene Richardson on July 28, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Rod Gragg's book "The Illustrated Gettysburg Reader" is an engaging travelogue that transports readers back in time 150 years ago into the trenches alongside the soldiers who fought and died at Gettysburg. He does a wonderful job of "showing" us history, through the accounts of eye-witnesses and survivors, rather than "telling" his perspective of battle events more than a century after the fact. This book is an excellent primer for those who are interested in Civil War history, but not wanting to be full-blown history "buffs."

Gragg synthesized a wealth of original sources from the period--including diaries, letters, memoirs, official reports and such--organized his interesting narrative chronologically, and allowed the events at Gettysburg to unfold before you, just as it did to the solders and civilians who lived through it. He went the extra mile and included rare period photos and sketches, interesting background details or little known facts, and reinforced and connected key points, people, and events that you should know or remember throughout the narrative. Not everyone can do this WELL without getting heavy-handed, but he did.

The book's story begins weeks before the Battle of Gettysburg, so that you know the context for what happens next. You learn where both armies were beforehand, then you journey along with them as they make their way to those fateful grounds in Pennsylvania that hot summer in 1863. The narrative takes you through the events of each day of the battle and quickly draws you into all of its excitement, confusion, daring and defiance, ineptitude, sobering reality and aftermath. You cannot help but be touched by the words in the letters, diaries, etc.
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