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Captivating Eyewitness Accounts, Superb Historical Narrative
on February 22, 2005
Witness to Gettysburg is superb history. Richard Wheeler has masterfully woven eyewitness accounts of the Gettysburg campaign into a remarkable tapestry, an evocative and haunting image of the most decisive battle of the Civil War.
Witness to Gettysburg is gripping narrative. Wheeler adroitly transitions from one account to another, from union soldier to confederate rebel, from army professionals to inexperienced civilians, from contemporary writings to memoirs penned years later. Wheeler maintains the intense drama of Gettysburg through careful selections, skillful editing, and his own insightful perspectives. Factual errors are corrected with unobtrusive comments in parenthesis.
Richard Wheeler's narrative account of Gettysburg compares favorably with the works of Shelby Foote, James M. McPherson, and Bruce Catton. Whether Witness to Gettysburg is your first reading on Gettysburg, your second, or your tenth, this exceptional compilation of eyewitness accounts will not disappoint you.
Witness to Gettysburg was originally published in 1987 by HarperCollins Publishers and reprinted in 1994 by The Blue and Grey Press. Although somewhat grainy, the more than fifty black and white illustrations are a valuable addition.