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The Maps of Gettysburg: An Atlas of the Gettysburg Campaign, June 3 - July 13, 1863 Hardcover – June 1, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Savas Beatie; Reprint edition (June 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932714820
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932714821
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 7 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #318,014 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"No academic library can afford not to include "Maps of Gettysburg" as part of their American Civil War Reference collections." --8/2007 Midwest Book Review, J.Cox --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Bradley M. Gottfried , PH.D.,is the President of the College of Southern Maryland. An avid Civil War historian, Dr. Gottfried is the author of five books, including Brigades of Gettysburg: The Union and Confederate Brigades at the Battle of Gettysburg (2002). He is working with co-editor Theodore P. Savas on a Gettysburg encyclopedia. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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Born and raised in Philadelphia, Brad Gottfried earned his Ph.D. in Zoology from Miami University and has spent the last 37 years as an educator in higher education. He has served as a full-time faculty member, department head, campus dean, chief academic officer and president. He served as President of Sussex County Community College (NJ) and College of Southern Maryland for the past 13 years.

In his free time, Dr. Gottfried is a Civil War historian. His tenth book was recently published. His early writing primarily centered on the Battle of Gettysburg, and he wrote five books on this topic. He has also written two brigade-level histories. His current "niche" is map books, where he thoroughly describes campaigns through the use of maps. His books on Gettysburg, First Bull Run, and Antietam have been published. A fourth book, on the post-Gettysburg campaign should be published in the near future. He is now working on a three-volume history of the Overland Campaign.

Brad is married to his wife, Linda and between them they have four grown children and five grandchildren. The Gottfrieds live on Cobb Island, Maryland.


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Buy this book - yesterday!!
J. Petruzzi
The book includes 144 full color maps each facing a page of text explaining the action on the map.
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Any book on Gettysburg by Bradley Gottfried is subject to high expectations.
James W. Durney

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64 of 67 people found the following review helpful By James W. Durney TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 1, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book works on several levels; first as an atlas of the Gettysburg campaign, second as a history of the campaign and last as a reference work. That it excels at each level is a testament to the author's knowledge and skill. Any book on Gettysburg by Bradley Gottfried is subject to high expectations. His "Roads to Gettysburg" and "Brigades of Gettysburg" are essential works on the campaign and battle. This book exceeds our expectations and raises the bar for his next work. The author's style of writing requires a minimal number of words to convey essential information, making for a very informative narration that does not require pages of text. This produces an informative but easy to read text of the essential action for each map just as it did for each brigade in his last book.

144 full-page color enhanced maps that cover the advance, battle and retreat. Facing pages have a map on the right page and text on the left one. This simple idea puts everything together, ending flipping pages trying to understand the action. The second requirement is short time intervals and detailed maps. Again, the author manages this difficult idea. The 29 map set present in chronological order the campaign from Virginia to Gettysburg and back to Virginia. Each map set presents a specific action and contains from three to 21 maps and text covering this phase of the campaign. The scale is from 12 miles for campaign maps to 220 yards to the inch for the detailed regimental maps. The lower scale maps have contour lines indicate woods, cornfields, orchards and grain fields with worm, post & rail or stone fences. Roads, railroads and buildings are included. This makes for a busy map and takes some study before easily reading the tactical maps.
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful By J. Petruzzi on July 3, 2007
Format: Hardcover
By way of disclosure, I will first state that I was one of the editors for this book.

Having said that, I was extremely impressed with this work in progress before ever signing on to help edit the manuscript and maps. The book is wonderfully set up so that the reader can take it right out onto the field - on each left side page, there is detailed explanatory text for each action, with the corresponding map on the right side page. No flipping around to find maps. Never before has there been one, concise book that contains maps of the entire Gettysburg Campaign from beginning to end - so if you ever plan to visit the field, you need this book and will enjoy it over and over. And anyone interested in the battle and campaign must have this book. It is, in effect, the NEW field guide for the battle and campaign, one not likely to be surpassed in our lifetimes.

As a long-time student of the campaign, I can attest to the accuracy of both maps and text. I especially spent a lot of time with both Brad and the publisher making sure that the portions dealing with the cavalry were accurate (I have one book and many articles published on Gettysburg/Civil War cavalry operations). Everyone involved with this book went the extra mile to make sure that no errors crept in that we couldn't catch.

And as for the maps - I'm astonished at the amount of time and effort Brad put into them. As a novice cartographer, he did an admirable job. The level of detail is commendable, and the battlefield walker will easily understand them. On the field, instead of lugging dozens of books and map sets around with you, all you'll need is this book. Then, if you have a particular detailed interest in one part of the field, you can go to works and maps that have finer detail.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Trinque VINE VOICE on July 9, 2007
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Bradley Gottfried's "The Maps of Gettysburg" is an unmatched resource for studying the Battle of Gettysburg and the campaign surrounding the battle. The maps are superb: easy to understand and comprehensive. A veritable mountain of books about Gettysburg have been published over the years, both general histories (such as those by Coddington and Sears) and specialist studies that focus in upon narrower aspects (like the books of Harry Pfanz). Gottfried's work will serve well as a supplement to those older books, clarifying their works with detailed, clear maps to show the action in progress. And it will serve well as a battlefield guidebook; I look forward to my next trip to Gettysburg when Gottfried's maps will enhance my understanding on the ground of just who was where. And for those less familiar with the battle, "The Maps of Gettysburg" provides a solid narrative history of events to accompany the maps. All in all, "The Maps of Gettysburg" easily climbs to the top of that mountain of Gettysburg books, and it can lay claim to a spot on the bookshelves of almost any Civil War enthusiast.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By James D. Miller on May 27, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I can't begin to tell you how many descriptions of Civil War troop movements I've been frustrated by: this brigade moved here or that regiment moved there. I am a visual person, I learn best when I can visualize things... therefore I, by my nature, am a map person. Most books on Civil War battles contain only enough maps to cover the most basic aspects of troop movements in a particular battle. There are never enough maps for me.

Bradley Gottfried understands me and others like me and has authored nothing less than an atlas of the Gettysburg campaign. Like an oasis in the middle of the desert, The Maps of Gettysburg: An Atlas Of The Gettysburg Campaign, June 3 - July 13, 1863, has quenched my thirst for maps.

Mr. Gottfried's book contains 29 maps map sets, each containing between 2 & 21 maps, covering the advance to Gettysburg, the battle and the Confederate retreat. In all the 136 maps give nearly an hour by hour account of the three day battle that changed the course of American History. At last I am able to see and understand the fighting back and forth across the unfinished railroad cut on July 1st, the bloody, awful fighting in the Wheatfield and Peach Orchard on the 2nd and the breathtaking and awe inspiring lines of the Picket-Pettigrew-Trimble charge as they moved across the Emmitsburg Road on July 3rd.

Each map is accompanied on its left facing page by a descriptive text detailing the specificities of troop movements at the corps, division, brigade, regimental and some times even down to the company level.

My one and only criticism of Mr. Gottfried's book is there is almost no reference to time.
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