The Stand of the U.S. Army at Gettysburg by Jeffrey C. Hall

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"This is not just ‘another Gettysburg book,’ but a different Gettysburg book. Most of the prior Gettysburg books have been accounts of Confederate command failures that led to Confederate defeat. This is the story of the Federal defense leading to Federal victory. The book contains new material and new insights. It rivals Coddington as an essential Gettysburg book, and it maps the battle like Bigelow mapped The Campaign at Chancellorsville." —Alan T. Nolan, author of Lee Considered and The Iron Brigade

This major reinterpretation of the key battle of the American Civil War tells the story of the Gettysburg campaign as it unfolded from early June through mid-July 1863, and its climax with the Federal victory at Gettysburg. The book strives to describe the campaign with utmost clarity. In pursuit of this goal, it restricts itself to the campaign’s major events and participants. Yet many components of even a boiled-down account of the campaign are complex. Accordingly, The Stand features more than 160 maps and numerous diagrams that allow the reader to understand what happened at every important stage of the campaign, with special emphasis on the three-day battle of July 1–3. The book also pays tribute to the vast literature on Gettysburg, with careful consideration of the many analyses of the campaign, paying particular attention to recent works. The appearance of new interpretations, including those offered here, suggests that only now, nearly 150 years after the event, are we approaching a complete and accurate view of what happened during those crucial days at Gettysburg.


About Jeffrey C. Hall

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Jeffrey C. Hall is a biologist who has done genetic and behavioral research since the 1960s, publishing papers about the molecular neurobiology of courtship behavior and biological rhythms. He has taught courses in biology at Brandeis University since the mid-1970s. He began to study the American Civil War as an avocation in the early 1980s. This led to the origination of a Brandeis History course about the Gettysburg campaign, which he has taught since the mid-1990s.
Published July 1, 2003 by Indiana University Press. 448 pages
Genres: History, War. Non-fiction

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But Hall is a biologist, not a professional historian (though he teaches a history course at Brandeis), and his judgments, informed by ill-considered analogies to later wars, sometimes stray outside the scholarly consensus.

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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).

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