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Can anyone recommend a really good book on the battle and the circumstances immediately surrounding it?
I can support Lee's comments regarding Mark Adkin's 'The Gettysburg Companion'; extremely well written and illustrated with excellent maps and diagrams. Stephen Sears volume on the battle is on a par with his previous books. There are many books covering individual scenarios within the three days of the battle and I have found that having Bradley M. Gottfried's 'The Maps of Gettysburg' on hand as a companion helps to illuminate the written descriptions of the various episodes.
I was at Gettysburg Labor Day last year, and I shlepped The Gettysburg Companion by Mark Adkin around with me. It was great-- OB charts, terrain photos with overlays, maps aplenty.
Thank you Daniel..
I recently picked up Albert A. Nofi's ( yes, SPI's A.A. Nofi) "The Gettysburg Campaign". It is excellent -pretty much what you would expect from a full S&T issue on Gettysburg ! With the usual side bars about various elements of the battle (biographies of the commanders,soldiers, personalities and -my favorite: "controversies"), you do get an excellent understanding of the Campaign and Battle. I enjoyed reading this; Of Course set up 3DoG and Command's "Lee's Greatest Gamble" .
Not as detailed as any of Pfanz's works, nor approaching Coddington's Magna Opus, it is an excellent one-bookj overview ala SPI. Get it, you wont be disappointed !
Thank you Robert..the political angle is something largely missing from Foote's works..I shall certainly be looking into these as well..
Bruce Cotton's trilogy is also highly recommended. His trilogy explores the political aspects of the civil war as well as the military aspects. I picked up a copy of this in paperback from half priced books new for $5 a few years ago. Here is the link at Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Bruce-Cattons-Civil-War-Three/dp/1898800227
Already have Foote's excellent books (re-reading as we speak)..narrowed down to Sears,Coddington and Shaara's novel..all available quite cheaply on Ebay..I'll probably end up getting all of them..
I will 2nd Killer Angels
Killer Angels is pretty faithful to the history ( despite being historical fiction - basically the fictitious part is the dialogue is mostly made up by the author.
I read Stephen Sears' book on Antietam and it was very good, and know that he has one on Gettysburg. Plus if you don't have Foote's Trilogy, the chapter he wrote on Gettysburg was published separately as: Stars in the Courses.
One group that I want to get some day are the books by Pfanz on the battle (I think he has 2 titles specicially on the 1st and 2nd days, and then a third but I don't recall if that was only about the 3rd day or a more generalised coverage.
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