- Paperback: 159 pages
- Publisher: Thomas Pubns; 1 Ed edition (September 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1577470176
- ISBN-13: 978-1577470175
- Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.8 x 11.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #755,788 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Devil's Den: A History and Guide 1 Ed Edition
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The action pits Ward's Brigade and Smith's 4th New York Artillery against Benning's and Laws' Brigades. The authors follow the actions of the individual regiments involved in the fighting, with particular attention to the leadership and valor on both sides. They rely principally on primary sources, such as the letters of veterans, military archives, and the text of speeches. For some reason they also include some spurious stories which they point out are not true, but which have become part of the Gettysburg lore.
This was a most remarkable engagement. General Sickles had at least exceeded his orders (and probably entirely disregarded them) in advancing down from Cemetery Ridge to occupy the more vulnerable Houck's Ridge. The placement of Smith's artillery (putting aside the controversy over their precise placement) was reckless and unwarranted. Artillery has no place out in front of infantry, and it is axiomatic that the determined charges of the Alabamans and Texans would eventually overtake Smith's artillery (Parrott Rifles).Read more ›
In a brief 131 pages of text the authors cover four major themes: pre-battle history, the battle for Devil's Den, post-battle history, and a suggestion for touring the Den. The battle and post-battle are of course the large portion of the book.
The first section briefly deals with pre-war history of the area. The authors get right to the point by debunking the myth that the area was created by Ice Age glacial activity. Rather, the rock formation is part of an outcropping of diabase sill, a sheet of igneous rock. The formation was formed over 180 million years ago. Also discussed is the importance of the area before the war. Did you know the name Devil's Den is actually a post war moniker? Read about the history of the name in the first chapter.
The second chapter is the longest in the book and deals with the actual second day of the Battle of Gettysburg. The chapter starts off with a much needed introduction to the various regiments and brigades that fought over the rocky area. The back and forth battle for this piece of terrain is covered in depth and is helped along by close to a dozen maps drawn by Garry Adelman.Read more ›
However. The reproduction of the photos in the book are really of poor quality. In some cases, to the point of being ridiculous. Old period photos and recent ones. Both are very poor in quality. I am no printing expert, but I would say that the paper is fine for printing text but of too poor a quality for pictures.
The problem does not fall on the originals. I am familiar with them all.
There should be a reprinting of the book. Even though I have purchased one already, I would purchase another that was printed on a quality parer.
If you don't care about the pictures, no problem. It's a piece great work.
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Great read. A must for every Gettysburg fan. Includes a nice walking tour of Devil's Den.Published 2 months ago by Wally
Love this book. Very helpful in understanding the complex nature on this part of the battlefield.Published 11 months ago by Jeff Salter
The book arrived in fine condition--beautiful, actually. I have enjoyed the televised Gettysburg battlewalks held by the authors for several years now. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Dorothy
I've been reading about Gettysburg for many years. This book gave me much more info about Devil's Den. Read morePublished on February 27, 2014 by butterk-9
I first saw Devils Den in 1957 and have seen it around 30 times since, but I never saw it in a way this book shows it. Read morePublished on February 17, 2014 by Percy Dovetonsils
Garry E. Adelman and Timothy H. Smith has written the definitive book about what happen at the small area known as "Devil's Den" during the Battle of Gettysburg on July 2,... Read morePublished on December 19, 2013 by Joe Owen
I purchased this book after a recent trip to Gettysburg. It is a complete guide to the Devil's Den encompassing the history before the battle as well as the interest in it , after... Read morePublished on June 3, 2013 by June McCann