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Chancellorsville And Gettysburg

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General Abner Doubleday (1819–1893) is best known as the man who "invented" baseball, but his admirable service on behalf of the Union earned him a reputation as a solid commander and patriot. He saw action at Fort Sumter where he aimed the first gun fired against the rebellion; at Antietam, Fredericksburg, and Chancellorsville, where he lead the First and later the Third ...more
Paperback, 244 pages
Published March 22nd 1994 by Da Capo Press (first published January 1st 1882)
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Mark Saha
Aug 23, 2015 Mark Saha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


Vol. 6 - Chancellorsville & Gettysburg
The Scribners History of the Civil War (1883)

The Union defeat at Chancellorsville allows Lee to slip away and invade the north in a campaign that ends at Gettysburg. Abner Doubleday's (the putative inventor of baseball) account is aimed at the popular reader more than most; he will pause in the course of a narrative to explain a military principle that sheds light on why a certain action almost had to end as it did.

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This book is part of the Scribners
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Mark Saha
Aug 23, 2015 Mark Saha rated it it was amazing

Vol. 6 - Chancellorsville & Gettysburg
The Scribners History of the Civil War (1883)

The Union defeat at Chancellorsville allows Lee to slip away and invade the north in a campaign that ends at Gettysburg. Abner Doubleday's (the putative inventor of baseball) account is aimed at the popular reader more than most; he will pause in the course of a narrative to explain a military principle that sheds light on why a certain action almost had to end as it did.

This edition has a modern introduction
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Bev
The author, a Union general at both Chancellorsville and the Battle of Gettysburg, was purported to be the inventor of baseball--this has been debunked by almost all sports historians--although Doubleday himself never made such a claim. The book was initially published about 20 years after the Civil War ended. Doubleday's convictions permeate the book. As a commanding office in both battles, his perspective is essentially that of a military professional, yet is strongly flavored by personal feel ...more
Michael Burhans
Oct 16, 2012 Michael Burhans rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, memoirs-bios
this book surprised me. I have read many books written by participants in the Civil War, from privates to the leaders of each side. This is the first one I have read by Doubleday, and I was surprised by its style.

Most writers from that era, even uneducated privates wrote in very flowery language, more artful than we would today. Doubleday writes in a very modern, factual style. Surprisingly modern. It makes me want to find more of his work.

Details I did not know of each battle were well docum
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Monte Lamb
This is written in the same familiar style of many of the Union officers who wrote about their experiences of the Civil War. It is direct and factual. At times it could be dry. However, I thought the section on the first day of Gettysburg was one of the best and clearest descriptions of the battle. It would be an excellent guide to use if you were visiting the battlefield. It was a good book.
Steve
Feb 09, 2013 Steve rated it really liked it
I was surprised by the quality and clarity of Doubleday's writing. My only issue was with the readibility of some of the maps; especially those less than a full page in size.
Scott L.
First hand account of two of the pivotal battles in the War Between the States.
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