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A Vast Sea of Misery: A History and Guide to the Union and Confederate Field Hospitals at Gettysburg, July 1-November 20, 1863

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Nearly 26,000 men were wounded in the three-day battle of Gettysburg (July 1-3, 1863). It didn’t matter if the soldier wore blue or gray or was an officer or enlisted man, for bullets, shell fragments, bayonets, and swords made no class or sectional distinction. Almost 21,000 of the wounded were left behind by the two armies in and around the small town of 2,400 civilians. ...more
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Published November 9th 2017 by Savas Beatie (first published December 1st 1988)
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Matthew Bartlett
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As many who tour the battlefield notice, there are a number of signs delineating where the field hospitals of Gettysburg were located. However, while there have been a number of books talking about the field hospitals of Gettysburg, they usually focus on a few of the locations and what they did there. In A Vast Sea of Misery, Gregory A. Coco chronicles the location of each field hospital and some of the interesting cases which came from them. In this printing of Coco’s work, the reference of the ...more
Emilie Smith
May 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I had the opportunity to revisit Gettysburg right before Thanksgiving and found this book once again to be very helpful. It is such a moving place to visit, on a par with the National Memorial in OKC or the Vietnam Memorial in Washington DC. This book is thorough, historically accurate, and extremely useful in locating and understanding the sites in and around the Gettysburg area which were used as hospitals during and after the battle. Once again I found this book invaluable in providing backgr ...more
Sarah Bierle
So how can I rate this book? It's not a topic that we "like." Some of the text made me cry. However, this book has been meticulously researched and I find it a very valuable resource on my Gettysburg shelf. There are many good photographs of buildings and locations. The maps are good, but I really wish there was scale of miles included on them.

Not for the faint-hearted, but this book is a must for a historian who wants to understand the Civil War/Gettysburg impact on civilians or the medical sit
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Joe Owen
Mar 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent guide to the locations of the various hospitals that were used during and after the Battle of Gettysburg in July of 1863. From barns to many houses, the wounded Union and Confederate were cared for by doctors, nurses, and civilians. This book gives the details with photos of the many hospitals used. A great book!
Cheryl Powell
Aug 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While Mr. Coco's books are fascinating, no one could say that they are quick reads. There's far too much infromation to absorb to hurry through the text. This book is also lavishly illustrated. Written around the 125th anniversary of the battle of Gettysburg, it could benefit from an updating, but it is still well worth the effort.
Anne
Excellent information regarding the hospitals/aid stations in and around Gettysburg, during and after the Battle of Gettysburg.
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