America's Civil War raged for more than four years, but it is the three days of fighting in the Pennsylvania countryside in July 1863 that continues to fascinate, appall, and inspire new generations with its unparalleled saga of sacrifice and courage. From Chancellorsville, where General Robert E. Lee launched his high-risk campaign into the North, to the Confederates' last daring and ultimately-doomed act, forever known as Pickett's Charge, the battle of Gettysburg gave the Union army a victory that turned back the boldest and perhaps greatest chance for a Southern nation.
Now acclaimed historian Noah Andre Trudeau brings the most up-to-date research available to a brilliant, sweeping, and comprehensive history of the battle of Gettysburg that sheds fresh light on virtually every aspect of it. Deftly balancing his own narrative style with revealing firsthand accounts, Trudeau brings this engrossing human tale to life as never before.
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The author capably captures the strange aspects of a fight waged on one hand with the most modern artillery and on the other with antiquated muzzle-loading musketry, all wielded by a mixture of huge formations and “small groups of soldiers [who] were setting their minds to the practical problems ...Jul 01 2002 | Read Full Review of Gettysburg: A Testing of Courage
Making comprehensive and sophisticated use of a broad spectrum of archival and printed sources, NPR executive producer Trudeau (Bloody Roads South) enhances his reputation as a narrative historian of the Civil War with what is to date the best large-scale single-volume treatment of those crucial ...| Read Full Review of Gettysburg: A Testing of Courage
Trudeau's GETTYSBURG is pretty much a blow-by-blow account of what happened at the great battle.Jul 27 2009 | Read Full Review of Gettysburg: A Testing of Courage
This book is an account of the July 1863 battle of Gettysburg at the tactical level of war and follows in the wake of two major works by Noah Andre Trudeau (Gettysburg: A Testing of Courage) and Stephen Sears (Gettysburg).| Read Full Review of Gettysburg: A Testing of Courage
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