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Pickett's Charge in History and Memory
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Gettysburg is a controversial subject, and while there has been much ink spilled adding to the controversy, this book instead aims to dissect the controversy surrounding the denoument of the whole event: Pickett's Charge. Reardon first covers the events of the charge very briefly, then wades right in and recounts the memory and history of the event as it developed over the years. There's a whole chapter, for instance, on the efforts of the North Carolina historical societies and veterans' organizations trying to rehabilitate the reputation of Tarheels who fought during Pickett's Charge, because they were blamed (by Virginians in Pickett's division and elsewhere) for the defeat. Watching the history of an event unfold and change as the generations pass is enthralling, and Reardon tells the story skillfully, keeping the pace up nicely and showing a formidable command of publications on the Battle and Pickett's Charge itself...
All in all, a truly remarkable book and one well worth reading. A 9 is the highest rating I've given here; and I've rated 10 or 15 books now.
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A good look at the Famous last day of July 3rd Gettysburg battle..insightfulPublished 1 month ago by Barry
I was just there. It answers a lot of questions I had about the attack and the confusion..Published 7 months ago by ralphtravismathers
I took for granted that the myth of Pickett's Charge was historical fact, making the regrettable error of overlooking the contribution made by all of the other Confederate... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Rebecca Carl
This is a book filled with numerical data about the troops fighting that day. If that is your interest this is the book for you.Published on June 10, 2014 by susan smith
Students of history, official and amateur, will enjoy and profit from this thoughtful book. Using Pickett's Charge as an example, Prof Reardon examines how history is written and... Read morePublished on May 20, 2014 by patrick harmon
Brilliant work of history. Author has created a classic study that will prove timeless.
Such a fresh, ground-breaking work about Pickett's Charge was long overdue.
Too little history, but a good primer on why we will never fully understand nor comprehend precisely what happened here.Published on January 1, 2014 by Jeffrey R Carlson
As a recent Civil War buff, I have read about 30 books on the war and several on the Battle of Gettysburg. Read morePublished on October 9, 2013 by Fritz H. Riley Jr.
Although I have not finished this book, for what I have read it is great. I purchased this on recommendation by my journalist brother-in-law.Published on July 27, 2013 by Stan Jaros