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Pickett's Charge: A Microhistory of the Final Attack on Gettysburg

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This book covers a critical part of the Battle of Gettysburg.
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Published January 1st 1994 by Peter Smith Publisher (first published January 1st 1959)
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Tony
Apr 23, 2010 Tony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Stewart, George R. PICKETT’S CHARGE: A Microhistory of the Final Attack at Gettysburg, July 3, 1863. (1957). ****. The title and subtitle say it all. This book was, and probably still is, the final word on Pickett’s Charge. The Charge is probably what most of us remember from our high school history class, and is one of the first things that we seek out when we visit the Battlefield: where’s Emmitsburg Road; where’s The Angle; where was the High Water Mark? Focusing almost exclusively on this fi ...more
Lewis
Apr 01, 2009 Lewis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've got to say that I don't really understand the motivation behind marching a mile across open terrain towards grapeshot and musket fire, but hey that's just me.....this book is a wonderful collection of first person narratives about the day and its miserable failure.
Steve
Nov 20, 2013 Steve rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, civil-war
Excellent book covering the third and final day of the Battle of Gettysburg, specifically the Confederate assault on the center of the Union lines. Not sure what good it does for me to give a review of a book published in 1959, so I'll give you a small excerpt from Part IX - Repulse:

"There was more than a little expression of chivalrous feeling. Union troops shared the contents of canteens and haversacks with the prisoners. One Confederate remembered, "Many of them taking off their hats as we we
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Rob
Apr 11, 2007 Rob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Civil War history buffs
Shelves: history
The book is just what it presents itself as; A microhistory of Pickett's Charge at the Battle of Gettysburg. It was superb but I expect that only people who are interested in the Civil War and/or military and/or American history enthusiasts would really enjoy it.
Brandon Benner
Jul 14, 2014 Brandon Benner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent study of Longstreet's Assault. Superbly studied all aspects of the attack: its planning stages, the bombardment, the execution of the assault, and its ultimate failure. Still holds up well as a fine scholarly overview of July 3, 1863 even today over 50 years after its publication.
John
Jul 11, 2012 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A must read to understand the thought process of battle. Very compelling.
Mike
Jul 29, 2014 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent, made you feel like you where there. Thanks Scott for the recommendation!!
John
Jul 19, 2013 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1history, box11
A micro history of July 3 1863 - Sharp read
Len Roberto
Oct 09, 2012 Len Roberto rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
an hour by hour microcosmic look at one of the most famous attacks in US History. Told in a very engaging and conversational style- this is a must for Civil War students.
Kathy Brown
Oct 21, 2012 Kathy Brown rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: civil-war, 2014
This is a clear, easy to read, objective book about the Battle of Gettysburg. If you want to know what happened, hour by hour, reading this book is a must.
Caleb
Jul 09, 2013 Caleb rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A detailed, objective look at the infamous assault. This is my favorite book I have read about Pickett's Charge. It is presented very clearly and the whole book is fascinating to read.
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George Rippey Stewart was an American toponymist, a novelist, and a professor of English at the University of California, Berkeley. He is best known for his only science fiction novel Earth Abides (1949), a post-apocalyptic novel, for which he won the first International Fantasy Award in 1951. It was dramatized on radio's Escape and inspired Stephen King's The Stand .

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