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So You Think You Know Gettysburg?: The Stories Behind the Monuments and the Men Who Fought One of America's Most Epic Battles

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In So You Think You Know Gettysburg?, James and Suzanne Gindlesperger provide details for over 200 different sites in the park. This volume goes beyond the typical guidebook, focusing on the little-known stories behind the battle. More than 270 color photographs are accompanied by color-coded maps showing where each photo was taken. Brief narratives then describe the site ...more
Paperback, 188 pages
Published May 1st 2010 by John F. Blair Publisher
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Steve
This is part-guidebook and part-history. This book, with help from maps and photos, takes the reader around the battlefield while telling unique facts and observations about the battle and the battlefield today. Written by two people who truly enjoy the topic, it is a quick entertaining read, even if there are a couple of geographic errors. ...more
kevin carpenter
It's the little known stories that bring life and interest interest of our historical past. Exceptional !

This book brings you there not only to the place but to the time. The readers will be walking on the streets and farm roads in Gettysburg as the carnage takes its toll around them.
Dave Glorioso
Brief stories behind some individual monuments and locations.
Interesting and useful.
Since I am a completist, wish there was more depth and more monuments.
(There are over a thousand at Gettysburg so obviously this would be quite a task)
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James and Suzanne Gindlesperger are members of the Friends of Gettysburg Foundation, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and the Civil War Preservation Trust. Suzanne is a cofounder of Pennwriters, a professional organization for published and aspiring authors. James is the author of three previous Civil War books. The couple lives in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.
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“H-22: Father Corby Monument 39º48.205’N, 77º14.063’W This monument honors the hundreds of chaplains present on the field in 1863. As chaplain of the Eighty-eighth New York Infantry of the famed Irish Brigade, Father William Corby, twenty-nine years old, has become as famous as many of those who actually bore arms those three fateful days. As the Irish Brigade formed up to enter the fight, Father Corby stepped onto a boulder—some historians believe the very boulder on which the monument stands—and raised his hand. Three hundred soldiers drew silent, many of them dropping to their knees, as the battle raged around them. The priest blessed them, prayed for their safety, and granted a general absolution, after which the troops marched into the fight. Corby’s admonition that the church would refuse a Christian burial for any man who failed to do his duty that day rang in their ears as they headed off. Following the war, Father Corby became president of the University of Notre Dame. A replica of this monument stands on the university’s campus, marking his grave. Years after the war, veterans of the Irish Brigade petitioned to have the Medal of Honor awarded to Corby, a request that was ultimately denied.” 1 likes
“Corby’s admonition that the church would refuse a Christian burial for any man who failed to do his duty that day rang in their ears as they headed off.” 0 likes
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