“Stand to It and Give Them Hell” chronicles the Gettysburg fighting from Cemetery Ridge to Little Round Top on July 2, 1863, through the letters, memoirs, diaries, and postwar recollections of the men from both armies who struggled to control that “hallowed ground.”
John Michael Priest, dubbed the “Ernie Pyle” of the Civil War soldier, wrote this book to help readers understand and experience, as closely as possible through the written word, the stress and terror of that fateful day in Pennsylvania. Readers will gain a deeper appreciation of the personal sacrifice made that awful day by privates and generals alike. This invaluable method uses their own words to paint a rich tapestry of their personal courage and cowardice, and their failures and triumphs.
Nearly 60 detailed maps, mostly on the regimental level, illustrate the tremendous troop congestion in the Wheatfield, the Peach Orchard, and Devil’s Den. They accurately establish, by regiment or by company, the extent of the Federal skirmish line from Ziegler’s Grove to the Slyder farm and portray the final Confederate push against the Codori farm and the center of Cemetery Ridge, which three Confederate divisions in what is popularly known as Pickett’s Charge would unsuccessfully attack on the final day of fighting.
This is a book about combat as seen through the eyes of those who waged it. There is no glamour here, and no adventure. Nor are there accusations, confessions, or second-guessing from the comfort of an easy chair. Instead, “Stand to It and Give Them Hell” offers the brutal, heart-wrenching story of a slice of America’s greatest battle as described by those who marched, fought, bled, and died there. This is their story, and it is one you will long remember.
John Michael Priest
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Excellent detailed view of second day of fighting at Gettysburg. I have ordered his other books because of his well researched writtng in this book
Liked to July 2, however, did not follow to end.
Outstanding history of the intense fighting at Gettysburg on July 2, 1863. Mike Priest gives a fascinating account of the intensive bloody battle on the fields of Gettysburg between the Army of the Potomac and the Army of Northern Virginia. The author gives a time frame and location of all the fighting during the second day of the battle. Giving the soldiers and commanders history of the action. The regiments both north and south hammered away at each other all over the vicinity such as the Peach Orchard, the Round Tops, the Wheatfield and the other locations. The narrative of the action is captivating and you are right in the action of the troops that fought against each other. The author has superb end notes, citations and bibliography based on the soldiers account of the battle. It is an intense read that draws you in the battle and you feel that you are witnessing the charges, defense, artillery barrages, and the hand-to-hand fighting that took place. It took years of great...
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