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Stars in Their Courses by Shelby Foote
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Jul 10, 2010

Read in July, 2010

While this book is a single chapter from the 3 volume Civil War narritive, it reads as a complete story of the great battle. Next year is the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the War. I read the book on the days (July 1-3) of the conflict. Foote tells the story from the South's perspective but does not hold back in judging Lee's tactics as imperfect. This was Meade's first battle as General of the Army of the Potomac and most of his defensive tactics went right. His major failure was to not follow Lee's retreating forces as Lincoln had ordered. This may have ended the war 2 years before the surrender.
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