I've lost track on how many I've read. I seem to get something different from each. Anything by Shelby Foote Gettysburg - Stephen W. Sears Hallowed Ground - James M. McPherson Gettysburg, The Last Invasion - Allen Guelzo Gettysburg, A Testing of Courage - Noah Andre Trudeau
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Ed Bearss is a legendary NPS historian who for decades has led must-be-there walking tours of Gettyburg. I missed the opportunity for one when working in Virginia, and I really regret it. He has written a book covering Vicksburg and Gettysburg, called Receding Tide. It's very well reviewed on Amazon--but don't buy the Kindle as per one reviewer you can't read the maps.
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I've read all the books mentioned. Sharra's and Footes' books are okay if you want to be entertained. I consider Guelzo's to be a benchmark. He is (or was) a history professor in Gettysburg, and his knowledge of the terrain and its influence on military tactics shows.
Long considered the bible, The Gettysburg Campaign A Study in Command by Edwin B Coddington. In my personal library I have thirty and some odd books on the subject of Gettysburg. One recent book questions conventional wisdom: Barksdale Charge The True High Tide of the Confederacy at Gettysburg July 2,1863.
Originally posted by squint: "Killer Angels" by Michael Shaara
Absolutely. Most excellent.
A mix of accurate strategy/tactics along with various specific individual traits that create real guidance and effects in the course of unfolding events.
Shelby Foote could really communicate what it was to be a southerner at that time. But he told it all very well from both perspectives.
I cannot believe how good this book was, mainly because it was required reading for a history course. I lent it to my two best friends and it is, to date, the only book purchased at a college bookstore that I ever did that with. They loved it as much as I did.
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