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  1. Beneath a Northern Sky: A Short History of the Gettysburg Campaign (The American Crisis Series: Books on the Civil War Era)
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  2. Beneath a Northern Sky: A Short History of the Gettysburg Campaign (The American Crisis Series: Books on the Civil War Era)

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Of all the places and events in this nation's history, Gettysburg may well be the name best known to Americans. Millions flock each year to the little town in south-central Pennsylvania where more than 135 years ago the largest, bloodiest, and most dramatic battle of the Civil War raged across the now-peaceful hills and meadows. The subject of an epic movie and a best-selling work of fiction, the battle continues to fascinate Americans. Indeed, for most Americans, Gettysburg is the Civil War.

In Beneath a Northern Sky, eminent Civil War historian Steven E. Woodworth offers a balanced and thorough overview of the entire battle, its drama, and its meaning. From Lee's decision to take his heretofore successful Army of Northern Virginia across the Potomac and into Pennsylvania to the withdrawal of the battle-battered Confederate's back across the river into Virginia, Woodworth paints a vivid picture of this pivotal campaign. In this day-by-day account, he describes the fierce fighting that left 48,000 men dead or wounded at sites that have now become famous: Little Round Top, Cemetery Ridge, Devil's Den. This new book provides a realistic sequence of events surrounding the legendary Pickett's Charge, detailing the Confederate's magnificent display of courage and the Union's stalwart, rock-hard defense. Woodworth describes the strategic and tactical decision making and shows how infighting and disagreements among the leaders on both sides impacted the campaign. He details the mind set and morale of the soldiers, revealing how—surprisingly—Union leaders did not take advantage of their troops' high spirits after their victory to finish off the retreating Confederates.

Instead of focusing on only one aspect of the Gettysburg Campaign as most other books do, Beneath a Northern Sky tells the tale of the entire battle in a richly detailed but swiftly moving narrative. This new approach to a defining battle is sure to fascinate Civil War buffs and all those interested in the rich history of the United States.

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Steven E. Woodworth
Brand: Rowman Littlefield Publishers
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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Most Helpful Customer Reviews

It was easy reading and very accurate in its portaryal of the battles. Excellent reading and would recommend it to anyone interested in the Civil War.
In "Beneath A Northern Sky..." Steven E. Woodworth accomplished what he set out to do as described in his preface: "provide a short survey of the three day Gettysburg battle". And he did it with an entertaining style. I found "Beneath A Northern Sky..." to be well written, contain good analysis, and to include excellent and helpful maps and photographs. The maps were, I thought, well organized, showing battle lines and locations at differing stages of the conflict and placed at appropriate points within the narrative. Having read several excellent detailed presentations of this important battle, I found Woodworth's work to be refreshingly simple, yet still containing some of the newer facts and findings of more recent scholarship. These were mixed with older scholarship and included some of the more interesting side stories that have come down to us courtesy of other excellent historians.

Some may be annoyed at the brevity of this work, but I appreciated the low key,... Read more
Beneath a Northern Sky was disappointing. While it is certainly very hard to write anything new about the Gettysburg Campaign, this book seemed to go out of its way to repeat every "strange coincidence" or "old Chestnut" about the battle. Almost every story told in the book was one I had learned in 1965 when I became a very precocious expert on the Civil War. Ginny Wade being shot just after learning that her fiancee had been killed, Culp coming home to die on Culp Hill, Col O'Rourke's comments before helping to save little round top, the Church Service for the Irish Brigade, the old Chestnut that most of the Union Generals were incompetent... and so forth.
It also had other problems... brought about I suspect by a desire to keep the book short. For example, in the last few pages its lists many of the "arguments" raised for the South's problems as the "death" of Conf. General Pender. And in fact, Pender did die of his wounds several... Read more
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