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Twilight at Little Round Top: July 2, 1863--The Tide Turns at Gettysburg

3.88  ·  Rating Details  ·  85 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
On July 2nd, 1863, forces from the Confederacy’s Army of Northern Virginia and the Union’s Army of the Potomac clashed over the steep, rocky hill known as Little Round Top. This battle was one of the most brutal and devastating engagements of the American Civil War, and the North’s bloody victory there insured their triumph at Gettysburg, setting the stage for the South’s ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published October 9th 2007 by Vintage (first published February 1st 2005)
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Steven Peterson
Jan 25, 2009 Steven Peterson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very detailed and well written book on the second day of Gettysburg at Little Round Top. The book is refreshing in its use of all manner of records (including letters from ordinary troops). He handles some of the controversies in a straightforward and seemingly fair style (e.g., Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain's role at Little Round Top).

All in all, a good guide to the sanguinary struggle on Little Round Top.
Robert Jones
Dec 01, 2015 Robert Jones rated it it was ok
This is kind of a weird one.

The Battle of Gettysburg is considered by many to be the central turning point in the Civil War. It was certainly an important battle, and the deadliest by a wide margin. Nearly fifty thousand casualties were suffered in three days of fighting. To put that in perspective, the Battle of Shiloh, which contained more American casualties than every prior American war combined, had half the number of dead and wounded as Gettysburg. Some of the most exciting and important f
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Lester McFarland
Most of the soldiers described in the book should be known to readers of Gettysburg battle accounts. The author states that more individuals than Colonel Joshua Chamberlin shaped the outcome at Little Round Top. He proceeds to give an account that gives a good description of what happened from the union as well as the confederate viewpoint, from artillery and infantry. The book includes information about civilians caught up in the battle. Some attention is given to the suffering endured by both ...more
Rick Edwards
Aug 10, 2014 Rick Edwards rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book. The author provides good narrative descriptions of the preparations, the several distinct engagements that together constituted the Battle of Gettysburg, and the personalities of commanders on both sides. He also offers insights and personal observations gleaned from the correspondence and other writings of numerous soldiers of the Blue and the Gray persuasions. He finds considerable fault with the strategic and tactical planning and leadership of Confederate General Robert ...more
Paul Haspel
Dec 13, 2012 Paul Haspel rated it really liked it
In Twilight at Little Round Top, historian Glenn LaFantasie captures well the drama and horror of one key moment from the Battle of Gettysburg. Today, Little Round Top is stop number 8 on the driving tour at the Gettysburg National Military Park, and some busy tourists may drive right through without fully realizing the significance of that little rocky hill. But LaFantasie makes clear the reasons why the successful Union defense of Little Round Top on the second day at Gettysburg was key to Uni ...more
Marlena
Aug 01, 2016 Marlena rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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I am no civil war expert. But I enjoy reading most books about this period of our history. Gettysburg is especially interesting to me. Sadly this book was a disappointment. At one point I felt like all it was, was a litany of company numbers. And the word enfilade was used so much I couldn't take it. It was hard to keep my focus and I just wanted to finish. There seems to be a lot of dislike from the author towards col chamberlain as well. The epilogue was written nicely.
Mark
Oct 28, 2015 Mark rated it really liked it
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LaFantasie writes an eloquent narrative of the struggle for Little Round Top and of the sacrifice made by men of the blue and grey to uphold their honor and preserve their way of life for future generations. Drawing from a myriad of sources, many of which are buried in archives, he weaves his history as close to reality as one distant a hundred and forty some years can. Often you feel the agony of a fallen soldier as they are struck down in the heat of battle only to be captured by another just ...more
Matthew Robus
Detailed recapitulation of fighting at Little Round Top during the second day of the Gettysburg battle. Kind of hard to follow without being able to see the terrain--I wish I'd had this the last (2nd) time I was at the battlefield. Only a couple of details of this part of the battle (e.g., the stand by the 20th Maine at the extreme left flank of the Union army) are generally covered in the larger books about Gettysburg. By concentrating only on this area, this book is able to give a logical pict ...more
Mike
Jul 12, 2008 Mike rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ok, well for starters I have to say that I am a bit biased here. My Civil War professor wrote this book and assigned it in class. It is very well researched and provides a fresh view of the events of Little Round Top. It is a short read, but in order to actually digest the information within the text you might need to re-read it again or read it slowly. Highly recommended.
John
Jan 09, 2014 John rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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I have mixed feelings about this book. The author went to get pains to educate the reader on some of the individual soldiers who fought this battle, and he did a great job of detailing the action on Little Roundtop. Unfortunately, the auther also dwelled on the evils of war and spent too much time with his dislike for the human suffering and death.
Sandra
Jul 24, 2010 Sandra rated it it was amazing
I absoulutely love Joshua Chamberlain and the 20th Maine and their fight on Little Round Top. I learned so much from this book. What a great account of how the 20th Maine came to Little Round Top. A must-read of any Gettysburg fan!
Larry
Mar 22, 2015 Larry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Twilight at Little Round Top" is a detailed, literate, well-researched examination of the 20th Maine's successful defense of the most vulnerable part of the Union line on the second day at Gettysburg.
Timothy
Apr 11, 2009 Timothy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Clear presentation of complex battle. Shows how fighting at Little Round Top fits in the big picture during Day 2 of Gettysburg. Sometimes bombastic in style but worthwhile for Civil War buffs.
David Eppenstein
Interesting history of one of the pivotal action of the Battle at Gettysburg. It's probably a book better enjoyed by students and fans of the Civil War however.
Matthew
Aug 30, 2011 Matthew rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The book was very detailed. But the author's prose made this a slog of a read & made me not care about the topic.
Strawfoot
Oct 02, 2007 Strawfoot rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Engaging tale of the second day of battle on the one end of the battlefield. Carnage galore...
Britt
Apr 26, 2011 Britt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best books on Civil War history that I've ever read!
Irene
Feb 20, 2013 Irene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great Gettysburg book.
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