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Sickles at Gettysburg: The Controversial Civil War General Who Committed Murder, Abandoned Little Round Top, and Declared Himself the Hero of Gettysburg

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Sickles at Gettysburg: The Controversial Civil War General Who Committed Murder, Abandoned Little Round Top, and Declared Himself the Hero of Gettysburg, by licensed battlefield guide James Hessler, is the most deeply-researched, full-length biography to appear on this remarkable American icon. And it is long overdue.returncharacterreturncharacterNo individual who fought a ...more
Hardcover, 490 pages
Published June 1st 2009 by Savas Beatie (first published May 29th 2009)
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Steven Peterson
James Hessler's "Sickles at Gettysburg" is a nicely detailed biography of one of the interesting characters of the Civil War, General Dan Sickles. E was one of those "political generals" who drove West Pointers batty. He was notorious for his lavish spending and his womanizing and his deep political involvement. He was also someone who murdered his first wife's lover, got off on temporary insanity (with future War Department Secretary, Edwin Stanton, as one of his legal team), and then scandaliz ...more
James Durney
If this were fiction, I would say the author’s main character is not credible. It would be impossible for one man to have so many escapades and not be publically ruined. However, this is not a work of fiction but the biography of a very unique and controversial individual. Daniel E. Sickles managed to pack more into his long lifetime than most people could in two or three lifetimes. His exploits and views make for hot debates on the Internet and at Round Tables, over eighty years after his death ...more
Matthew Bartlett
When the name Dan Sickles is mentioned anywhere in Civil War writing, there is either scorn or praise from those around. He is one of the most interesting characters in all Civil War history and yet he brings a sense of modernization to the whole thing. James A. Hessler has brought a new study into the realm of Dan Sickles by looking at his actions during the Gettysburg Campaign but not without looking at what his past had brought him.
James A. Hessler is a Licensed Battlefield Guide at Gettysbu
Sauers was mercifully short in treating the same subject, with much the same conclusions.

This book was at least partially a biography of Sickles and was fascinating in its description of his murder of his wife's paramour and in his last days. The missing bust of Sickles in the Excelsior monument is worth the reading.

But one has to really love to read about the Civil War in exquisite detail to read all of this book.
Bill S.
An intelligent, well-written overview of Dan Sickles controversial actions as commander of the Union 3rd Corps at Gettysburg. Touched upon equally as well are Sickles numerous indiscretions both personally and militarily. Highly recommended.
Shellys♥ Journal
James Hessler's book tells the story of Dan Sickles with the lens aimed primarily at his Gettysburg service and his post war activities relating to justification of his position vs. Meade's orders and the establishment of the Gettysburg National Military Park. Other pertinent details of his life - like the cold blooded murder of Philip Barton Key, marriages and his political career - are also mentioned to set the tone for Sickles character.

While I understand the author is somewhat of a Sickles "
A new book about one of my "favorite" Americans: How could I resist? A very well done miltary bio of Sickles. My favorite bio is still "American Scoudrel.
Gene Ledesma
I knew Sickles was a hack political General, but this is a bit much. Very good read.
History is populated by at least as many villains as heroes. Dan Sickles has grown into one of the villains of modern Civil War historiography. Sometimes these villains have received unjust treatment, but in the case of Sickles, it's entirely warranted.

Dan Sickles certainly led an interesting and eventful life. He was a successful New York politician. He became infamous for murdering his wifes lover, and then being acquitted through the first successful use of the temporary insanity defense. Dur
This book was recommended by licensed Gettysburg battlefield tour guide Bob Radtke. Shortly after I announced my intention of reading James A. Hessler’s book “Sickles at Gettysburg,” I received this anonymous note from some curious character claiming to be the Great Grandson of Historicus.

Hessler’s book attempts to set the record straight. Why would the 3rd Corp commander, whom Hessler refers to as “the amateur of amateurs,” march the 3rd Corp out in advance of the rest of the army leaving both
This book is clearly meant for student of Gettysburg and not intended for someone like me whose knowledge of the battle comes primarily from Killer Angels and the movie Gettysburg. The first few chapters give only brief explanations of Sickles' turbulent personal background before the battle. Interesting personal histories are glossed over in order to move the story up to the battle and I would have preferred a more in-depth analysis of his personal history, character and trial- it would have ad ...more
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