THE LONG ROAD TO GETTYSBURG by Jim Murphy

THE LONG ROAD TO GETTYSBURG

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Relying heavily on firsthand accounts plus uncredited (but apparently contemporary) photos, prints and sketches, Murphy opens and closes with the battlefield dedication ceremony, in which Edward Everett delivered a long, eloquent speech and President Lincoln was tentatively invited to give ""a few appropriate remarks"" (quoted in full); in between, the author analyzes Lee's strategy; points out the many ironies of timing and position that affected the battle's outcome; and, using brief extracts from the journals of a Union corporal and a Confederate lieutenant, captures a soldier's-eye view of the exhausting marches, frantic firefights, and weary, poignant aftermath. Readers will get a good sense of what generals and privates, countryside and hattie looked like from the many b&w illustrations, and a general idea of troop movements from a set of sketchy maps. A realistic alternative to Nell Johnson's Battle of Gettysburg (1989), which is illustrated only with photos of a modern reenactment. Capacious bibliography; index.

Pub Date: April 20th, 1992
ISBN: 1935430424
Page count: 116pp
Publisher: Clarion/Houghton Mifflin