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Published: 22 April 1999

288 Pages | 3 halftones

5-5/16 x 8 inches

ISBN: 9780195129069

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The Gettysburg Nobody Knows

Edited by Gabor S. Boritt

Gettysburg Civil War Institute Books

Here, nine leading Civil War historians shed new light on the greatest battle in our history, focusing in particular on the unknown, the controversial, and what might have been. What did the conflict do to the citizens of Gettysburg? How did Joshua Chamberlain come to be seen as the "hero" of the battle? How did the common soldiers influence the outcome? Readers also encounter a fresh account of Pickett's Charge from the rarely described perspective of the Union soldiers, and to careful new analyses of the battlefield actions of Generals Ewell and Sickles. Throughout the book appear stories and insights both fresh and fascinating, such as a stirring account of the moment when General Winfield Scott Hancock ordered the First Minnesota to "take those colors"--and so sent the Minnesotans into a struggle that would cost most of them their lives but would help save the day for the Union. Rich with the viewpoints of eminent scholars, The Gettysburg Nobody Knows is a marvelously informative reconsideration of this epic event.