Witness to Gettysburg

Witness to Gettysburg Describing the Civil War s most crucial battle personal experiences of Gettysburg residents are combined with accounts of Union and Confederate soldiers who survived the battle to produce a chronolog

  • Title: Witness to Gettysburg
  • Author: RichardWheeler
  • ISBN: 9780785802129
  • Page: 474
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Describing the Civil War s most crucial battle, personal experiences of Gettysburg residents are combined with accounts of Union and Confederate soldiers who survived the battle to produce a chronological narrative that brings the battle of Gettysburg to life.

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    1. Even with the focus upon a single battle of the Civil War, this is a complex story to tell and Richard Wheeler set himself a difficult task by patching together his account using so many primary sources. Because of the number and range of those sources and the commitment that Wheeler dedicates to his method, that narrative is necessarily sometimes a bit haphazard. As a general rule, it's a very successful account of events, but from time to time the transition between, say, a young civilian girl [...]

    2. Gettysburg was one massive pile poo that has many angles to cover. Mr. Wheeler does a great job at picking out stories along the way that add a more human perspective on the advance and in battle with a mix of historical research. I read this before visiting the park on the 150th anniversary and was very prepared to see the sights and feel what those written in this book must have felt. (In a 150 years later kinda way).

    3. When reading Witness to Gettysburg, don’t be surprised if you find that the book satisfies on a first reading, but doesn’t leave you with much to think about afterward. Author Richard Wheeler, who has written a number of historical studies, including four other books of Civil War history, clearly knows his stuff. The book is well-written; and, as the title indicates, Wheeler foregrounds the experience, perspective, and testimony of soldiers, officers, and eyewitnesses who were actually on th [...]

    4. On page ix, the author lays out the key feature of this book: "". . .I would like to point out that 'Witness to Gettysburg' attempts something new: a telling of the story. . largely as possible in the words of participants, both military and civilian, both male and female." A few years later, Time-Life published a book with a similar theme--Gettysburg from an up close and personal perspective.Indeed, the approach does add a nice element to the book. The work begins with the two armies glaring a [...]

    5. This book, written by Richard Wheeler, combines multiple accounts of soldiers from both sides who were the Battle of Gettysburg. I would give this book a 4/5 because it was very good in detail, but it was hard to read at times.It starts off before the battle, at the battle of Brandy Station. Which was a major cavalry battle. It then goes into the strategies of a few of the most important generals at the battle. The first day of the battle has multiple accounts of confederate infantry, and union [...]

    6. This book offers an interesting account of the Battle of Gettysburg as seen through the eyes of participants, both North & South, and civilian witnesses like towns folk and such. Not a detailed account of the battle but certianly a very easy to read and enjoyable (if you can say such about a terrible battle) story about this period of history. The use of first person accounts/recollections fits in with the historical narrative of the author which makes this book a pleasure to read.

    7. Very interesting way to write an account of this well-covered battle. Readers gain a lot of insight by hearing the first-hand accounts and primary reference. I see that few people gave this book more than 3 stars. Having listened to the audiobook, rather than reading- maybe the right narrator who can switch voice in all of these diverse quotations, was the key to enjoying this great volume.

    8. Nothing really outstanding about this book. The battle is so thoroughly covered that it would take something a bit out of the ordinary to pull that off. The book contains numerous full-page illustrations and maps.

    9. The text is mainly drawn from the diaries, letters, and memoirs of participants, as well as newspaper and magazine articles of the time, thus letting the eyewitnesses tell the story. An excellent book in Wheeler's "Eyewitness" Civil War series

    10. An interesting perspective on one of the most famous battles in history. Rather than a "blow by blow" description, Wheeler pieces together witness accounts. He is able to provide a unique angle, using both civilian and soldiers testimony.I enjoyed this one! Recommended.

    11. Listened to it on audiobook. The reader was too upbeat for the material, too matter of fact. Great historical value, though.

    12. A nice overall account of the battle of Gettysburg based upon eyewitness accounts of soldiers and civilians. I enjoyed it!

    13. Real eyewitness accounts of what the local residents experienced on that dreadful weekend in July 1863

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