Praised by The New York Times Book Review as the very best collection of firsthand accounts, written by soldiers and civilians, of the battle of Gettysburg, this volume has been out of print for many years. Edited by Earl Schenk Miers (1910-1972), one of the pioneers in reviving popular interest in the American Civil War and in Lincoln, this new edition is enriched with a Foreword by noted Civil War scholar James I. Robertson, Jr. For many years a favorite among Civil War buffs and enthusiasts, this edition is ideally suited for use in American history courses on the Civil War and military history and in American history survey courses.
The[se] well-chosen excerpts . . . offer a . . . richness of texture, time and place that most narrative histories utterly fail to achieve. - The New York Times Book Review
Just some of the fascinating topics covered:What led to the battle and why it was fought at GettysburgWho led the troops on both sides of the fieldWhat average soldiers experienced, in their own wordsHeroic actions and calamitous mistakes in judgmentWhat weapons were used and how effective they wereWhat happened to local civilians during and after the fight