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Receding Tide: Vicksburg and Gettysburg- The Campaigns That Changed the Civil War
Receding Tide: Vicksburg and Gettysburg- The Campaigns That Changed the Civil War
by Edwin C. Bearss
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $21.25
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Terrific New Civil War History, June 28, 2010
Receding Tide by authors Ed Bearss and Parker Hills is a splendid work which will fascinate readers new to the literature of the Civil War as well as those who have already delved deeply into the subject. In addition to its gripping presentation of the Vicksburg and Gettysburg campaigns, the book offers an excellent overview of the entire first two years of the war. The simultaneous day-by-day accounts of the Confederate and Union efforts in Mississippi/Arkansas, Virginia/Pennsylvania and Tennessee are outstanding and tremendously informative, a bonus feature I have not encountered in previous books. And the detailed descriptions of individual battles are superb. For instance, I have read many accounts of the Day Two fighting at Gettysburg, but before reading Receding Tide, it had always been difficult to make sense of the constant succession of surge and retreat that raged during the late afternoon of July 2 in the area between the Peach Orchard, the Stony Hill and the Wheatfield. Both authors are expert guides to the terrain on which the battles were fought as well as the critical (and all-too-often neglected) routes by which the armies arrived at the fields of actual conflict. Under their masterful direction, a reader can see the evolving battles (and the unceasing demand to make crucial decisions in a state of uncertain knowledge) as the commanders on the field saw them.

Highly recommended.
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