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The Gettysburg Campaign: A Study in Command Paperback – March 1, 1997
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Coddington begins with a lengthy consideration of the factors that led Robert E. Lee to propose an invasion of the North following the Battle of Chancellorsville. He concludes with a discussion of the Confederate retreat from Gettysburg, culminating in the return to Virginia on July 14, 1863. He discusses well the Union pursuit and considers judiciously whether Meade should have been more aggressive in trying to cut off the fleeing foe.
I found the factual account comprehensive on the major points of the Battle and careful and circumspect in its conclusions.Read more ›
This is a massive book, written by a scholar and sometimes the writing is dry, but never passionless. It is meticulously researched and foot noted. I use it as a reference constantly; therefore, I'm nearly at the place to buy another copy for show and hide my battered, much thumbed (eye tracks all over it!) much beloved book where only I can find it.
I find it very balanced with no hero worship for either side. He does go into detail about Meade that I find invaluable. Meade is the forgotten man at Gettysburg. Ask any average citizen who was the winning general of the battle--I'll save you some time. They don't know.
Some very minor quibbles. He refers to Col. Chamberlain as "Josh." Chamberlain vastly preferred to be called "David," and I am sure would never have answered to "Josh." Longstreet is treated somewhat harshly (I am a Longstreet fan), but, as the general himself defended his actions in print until his dying day, he is not in need of rescuing from Coddington.
A fine definitive work. I am saddened that Dr. Coddington did not live to see his fine work published and praised.
This book is not for someone who is new to Civil War studies and to fully grasp what he is saying, I would suggest that you visit the battlefield first and get a tour. This will make a the book much less ambiguous, especially because the maps included are not very clear. I have read this book four times, and each time, I come away amazed at everything that occurred during this epic battle. If you truly want to understand the battle of Gettysburg and its place in Civil War history, Coddington's masterpiece is a must own.
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Great synopsis and details about the campaign. Item as described, shipped timely and well.Published 3 months ago by LTCJIM
It has been a number of years since I read this book, but it still resonates with me.
Coddington provides an impressive study of the Gettysburg campaign. Read more
It was very detailed but difficult to follow the battles in part because the maps did not give enough detail as to the participantsPublished 10 months ago by David K. Chapman
This is an ok read (being generous) whose narrative has been done much better with more recent titles. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Webster the History Hound
Outstanding book. Helped me understand the battle and campaign in ways I never have before. I've got a library on the Civil War 40+ books and growing, and Coddington's book (my... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Eric
I've read it five times, and my copy is worn. Bought this copy for my Warrant Officer daughter as a career guide for the stated purpose ... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Hawkeye-SC
The only criticism i have of this wonderfully detailed and readable book is that it is NOT available in a Kindle version.Published 15 months ago by Lloyd
The best account of the Gettysburg battle and the rationale and events leading up to the battle. I have read this book three times and will probably read it at least once more.Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer