SOLDIERS' BATTLE: Gettysburg by James Warner Bell


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Ninety nine years and hundreds of documents after the event, this writer, a military authority seasoned in his subject, has achieved the distinction of depicting the battle from a new and authentic viewpoint that of the common soldiers and forgotten minor officers who fought in it. The incredible ferocity of the battle, the blundering and brilliant generals on both sides, vignettes of Lee and the fatal error he made-are all here. Although blind devotees of the Lee legend may quarrel with some of the author's comments, this vivid reconstruction is essential, particularly in its analyses of controversial actions and orders. Excellent, well documented reading for the student satiated with fictionalized forms of the subject.

Pub Date: Aug. 10th, 1962
Publisher: McKay