After I visited Gettysburg for the first time in 2009, I came away wondering about the history of the park itself. The room in the visitor center detaAfter I visited Gettysburg for the first time in 2009, I came away wondering about the history of the park itself. The room in the visitor center detailing the park's expansion over the years, the demolition of the infamous tower, and the efforts to restore the park grounds to their 1863 appearance seemed fascinating. As far as I could tell, no such book existed and I filed the idea under "things I might someday write a book about."
Forward to 2012. Looking for some other books at my college library, I stumbled across this book and eagerly picked it up. Boy was I disappointed. After picking it up and putting it down many times, I am finally throwing in the towel after 75 pages.
What had seemed so fascinating in theory was turned out to be dreadfully boring. Perhaps the author's focus was the problem for me: there is a great deal of attention to the cultural aspects of the park and the reasons for the presentation of Gettysburg (both town and battlefield) to visitors and why visitors showed up. The term "genteel" was used more times in this book than in all other times I have seen or heard it in my life combined. I don't know if that's unavoidable or if a more straightforward history would be viable in book length.
Bottom line, it just wasn't an enjoyable read for me....more