Gettysburg by Iain C. Martin
The True Account of Two Young Heroes in the Greatest Battle of the Civil War

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Wagonloads of detail weigh down this overstuffed account of the Civil War’s most significant battle and its aftermath.


In the summer of 1863, General Robert E. Lee and the Army of Northern Virginia advanced into Pennsylvania in a daring offensive to win the Civil War in a single campaign. They met the Union Army at a quiet crossroads town called Gettysburg, and engaged in the greatest battle ever fought on American soil. Three days of combat ended on July 3 with Pickett's Charge, a heroic assault by nine of Lee's brigades against the Union defenses on Cemetery Ridge. Their repulse at the stone wall became known as the "high-water mark" of the Confederacy. At the dedication of the Soldiers' National Cemetery that November, Lincoln used the occasion to deliver his Gettysburg Address, a short, two-minute speech that became the most famous in American history.

In this original retelling of the Gettysburg story, Iain C. Martin draws upon firsthand accounts—from the generals to the lowly privates and civilians caught in the epic struggle. Readers will discover history through the experiences of two Gettysburg teenagers—Matilda "Tillie" Pierce and Daniel Skelly. Featuring the artwork of Don Troiani, original photos, full-color maps, interesting tales, and trivia, Gettysburg gives young readers a fascinating look into this great turning point of American history—and just in time for the 150th anniversary of the epic battle.


About Iain C. Martin

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Iain C. Martin is a freelance writer and historian, with an MA in history from Southern Connecticut State University. He is author of numerous books, including The Greatest U.S. Marine Corps Stories Ever Told. This is his first book for young adults.
Published September 10, 2013 by Sky Pony Press. 208 pages
Genres: History, War, Children's Books, Education & Reference. Non-fiction
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on Mar 27 2013

Wagonloads of detail weigh down this overstuffed account of the Civil War’s most significant battle and its aftermath.

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Reviewed by Carolyn Phelan on Jul 01 2013

...the book delivers a balanced, detailed chronicle of the two armies’ paths to Gettysburg; the battle itself; and its aftermath, including vivid quotes from a number of leaders and participants on both sides.

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Reviewed by Joseph Truglio on Oct 01 2013

Martin writes in a straight-forward style that should be easily understood by young readers and novice history students. Of the many young adult books I have read, this is one of the best. It is well presented, informative history and offers much incentive for further study.

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Reviewed by Mary Mueller on Jun 01 2013

Martin writes well, integrating details with an accounting of human costs to combatants, townspeople, and the nation. He is objective about the conflicting war aims of the opposing sides and admiring of the bravery and sacrifices of the soldiers...

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