LIST OF 53 CONFEDERATE GENERALS IN BATTLE OF GETTYSBURG

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LIST  OF  53  CONFEDERATE GENERALS  IN  BATTLE  OF  GETTYSBURG:

                       "FULL   GENERALS"  (1)
Date Of Rank:   June 14, 1861
Date Of Birth:   January 19, 1807
Date of Death:    October 12, 1870  Lexington
Cause of Death:   Natural
Buried:   Lexington

                    LIEUTENANT  GENERALS  (3)
Date of Rank:   October 9, 1862
Date of Birth:   January 8, 1821   Edgefield District, South Carolina
Date Of Death:   January 2, 1904   Gainesville, Ga.
Cause of Death:   Natural
Buried:   Gainesville, Georgia
 
2)   *RICHARD  S.  EWELL:
Date of Rank:   May 23, 1863
Date of Birth:   February 8, 1817  Georgetown, D.C.
Date of Death:   January 25, 1872  Spring Hill, Tennessee
Cause of Death:   Natural
Buried:   Old City Cemetery, Nashville
 
3)   *AMBROSE  P. HILL:
Date of Rank:   May 24, 1863
Date of Birth:   November 9, 1825   Culpeper, Virginia
Date of Death:   April 2, 1865  Petersburg
Cause of Death:  Killed by a Federal straggler on the Petersburg
                          lines.
Buried:   Richmond, under a monument to his memory.

                            MAJOR  GENERALS  (11)
 
1)   *LAFAYETTE  McLAWS"
Date of Rank:   May 23, 1862
Date of Birth:   January 15, 1821   Augusta, Georgia
Date of Death:   July 24, 1897    Savannah, Georgia
Cause of Death:  Natural
Buried:  Savannah
 
Date of Rank:   October 10, 1862
Date of Birth:   January 28, 1825   Richmond, Virginia
Date of Death:   July 30, 1875   Norfolk, Virginia
Cause of Death:   natural
Buried:   Richmond, Virginia
 
Date of Rank:   October 10, 1862
Date of Birth:   June 1, 1831   Owingsville, Kentucky
Date of Death:   August 30, 1879   New Orleans
Cause of Death:   Yellow Fever
Buried:   Metairie  Cemetery in New Orleans, La.
 
4)   *JUBAL  A. "OLD JUBE"  EARLY:
Date of Rank:   January 17, 1863
Date of Birth:   November 3, 1816   Franklin County, Virginia
Date of Death:   March 2, 1894    Lynchburg, Virginia
Cause of Death:   Natural
Buried:   Lynchburg, Virginia
 
5)   *EDWARD  JOHNSON:  Old Allegheny
Date of Rank:   February 28, 1863
Date of Birth:   April 16, 1816   Salisbury, Chesterfield County,
                                                 Virginia.
Date of Death:   March 2, 1873     Richmond, Va.
Cause of Death:   Natural
Buried:   Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Va.
 
6)    ROBERT  E.  RODES:
Date of Rank:   October 21, 1861
Date of Birth:   March 29, 1829    Lynchburg, Va.
Date of Death:   September 19, 1864
Cause of Death:  Mortally wounded at Winchester during
                          counterattack.
Buried:   He is buried in the city of his birth.
 
7)  *RICHARD  H.  ANDERSON:
Date of Rank:   July 14, 1862
Date of Birth:   October 7, 1821   Hillcrest, Sumter County, S.C.
Date of Death:   June 26, 1879  Beaufort, South Carolina
Cause of Death:   Natural
Buried:   Beaufort, South Carolina
 
8)  *HENRY  HETH:
Date of Rank:   October 10, 1862
Date of Birth:   December 16, 1825   Chesterfield County, Va.
Date of Death:   September 27, 1899   Washington, D.C.
Cause of Death:   Natural
Buried:   Hollywood Cemetery,  Richmond, Va.
 
9)  *WILLIAM  D. PENDER:
Date of Rank:   May 27, 1863
Date of Birth:  February 6, 1834  Edgecomb County, N.C.
Date of Death:   July 18, 1863  Staunton, Virginia
Cause of Death:   Wounded by a fragment of shell, at Gettysburg.
                           On his way home, infection set in which resulted
                           in amputation of the leg. Did not recuperate.
Buried:   His body was taken to North Carolina and buried in the
              yard of Calvary Church at Tarboro.
 
10)  *ISAAC  R.  TRIMBLE:
Date of Rank:   January 17, 1863
Date of Birth:   May 15, 1802.   Culpeper County, Virginia
Date of Death:   January 2, 1888  Baltimore
Cause of Death:   Natural
Buried:   Green Mount Cemetery in Baltimore.
 
11)  *JAMES E.B. (JEB) STUART:
Date of Rank:   July 25, 1862
Date of Birth:   February 6, 1833   Patrick county, Virginia
Date of Death:   May 12, 1864  Richmond, Virginia
Cause of Death:  Mortally wounded after intercepting Sheridan's raid at
Yellow Tavern in front of Richmond.
Buried:  Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond

                      BRIGADIER  GENERALS  (38)
 
1)   *WILLIAM  H.  PENDLETON:
Date of Rank:   March 26, 1862
Date of Birth:  December 26, 1809   Richmond, Virginia
Date of Death:  January 15, 1883  Lexington
Cause of Death:  Natural
Buried:   Lexington
 
Date of Rank:   February 13, 1862
Date of Birth:   January 5, 1822   Camden,  South Carolina
Date of Death:   April 13, 1894   Camden
Cause of Death:   Failing health
Buried:  Quaker Cemetery
 
3)   WILLIAM  BARKSDALE:
Date of Rank:   August 12, 1862
Date of Birth:   August 21, 1821  Smyrna, Rutherford County,
                       Tennessee.
Date of Death:   July 3, 1863 Gettysburg
Cause of Death:  Mortally wounded during the Battle of Gettysburg
                         while leading his brigade's attack on Union forces
                         not far from Cemetery Ridge.
Buried:   Greenwood Cemetery, Jackson, Mississippi
 
4)   PAUL  J.  SEMMES:
Date of Rank:   March 11, 1862
Date of Birth:   June 4, 1815   Montford's Plantation, Wilkes
                       County, Georgia.
Date of Death:   July 10, 1863   Martinsburg, W. Virginia
Cause of Death:   Mortally wounded at Gettysburg July 2,
                           conveyed across the Potomac to Martinsburg,
                           where he died on the 10th.
Buried:  Temporarily buried at Martinsburg, his remains were
             later interred in Linnwood Cemetery, Columbus,
             Georgia.
 
5)   WILLIAM  T.  WOFFORD:
Date of Rank:   January 17, 1863
Date of Birth:   June 28, 1824   Habersham County, Georgia
Date of Death:  May 22, 1884  Near Cass Station, Georgia
Cause of Death:  Natural
Buried:  Cassville Cemetery
 
6) *RICHARD  B.  GARNETT:
Date of Rank:   November 14, 1861
Date of Birth:   November 21, 1817 "Rose Hill" Essex
                       County, Va.
Date of Death:  July 3, 1863   Gettysburg
Cause of Death:   His brigade of five Virginia regiments were in
                           the front rank of Pickett's assault. Garnett
                          disappeared in the holocaust of flame and smoke.
Buried:    The location of Garnett's grave is unknown.
 
7)   JAMES  L. KEMPER:
Date of Rank:  June 3, 1862
Date of Birth:  June 11, 1823    Madison County, Virginia
Date of Death:  April 7, 1895  Orange County, Virginia
Cause of Death:   Natural
Buried:  Orange County, Virginia
 
Date of Rank:  April 1, 1862
Date of Birth:  February 18, 1817   New Bern, North Carolina
Date of Death:   July 5, 1863    Gettysburg
Cause of Death:   Fell mortally wounded , died in Federal field
                           hospital.
Buried:   His body was recovered by friends, who took it to
              Baltimore for burial in St. Paul's Churchyard.
 
9)   EVANDER  M.  LAW:
Date of Rank:   October 2, 1862
Date of Birth:   August 7, 1836   Darlington, South Carolina
Date of Death:   October 31, 1920   Bartow, Florida
Cause of Death:     Natural
Buried:   Bartow, Florida
 
10)  JEROME  B.  ROBERTSON:
Date of Rank:   November 1, 1862
Date of Birth:   March 14, 1815    Woodford County, Kentucky
Date of Death:   January 7, 1891    Waco, Texas
Cause of Death:   Natural
Buried:   Waco, Texas
 
11)   GEORGE  T.  ANDERSON:
Date of Rank:   November 1, 1862
Date of Birth:   February 3, 1824   Covington, Georgia
Date of Death:   April 4, 1901   Anniston, Alabama
Cause of Death:   Natural
Buried:   Edgemont Cemetery    Anniston, Alabama
 
12)  HENRY  L.  BENNING:
Date of Rank:   January 17, 1863
Date of Birth:   April 2, 1814   Columbia County, Georgia
Date of Death:   July 10, 1875   Columbus, Georgia
Cause of Death:  Died on his way to court. He practiced law.
Buried:    Columbus, Georgia
 
13)  HARRY  T.  HAYS:
Date of Rank:   July 25, 1862
Date of Birth:   April 14, 1820
Date of Death:   August 21, 1876   New Orleans
Cause of Death:   Death from Bright's disease.
Buried:   General Hays is buried in Washington Ave. Cemetery,
              New Orleans.
 
14)  WILLIAM  SMITH:
Date of Rank:   January 31, 1863
Date of Birth:   September 6, 1797  Marengo in King George
                       County, Virginia.
Date of Death:   May 18, 1887   Monterosa estate, Warrenton
Cause of Death:   Natural
Buried:   Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia
 
15)  *GEORGE  H.  STEUART:
Date of Rank:   March 6, 1862
Date of Birth:   August 24, 1828   Baltimore, Maryland
Date of Death:   November 22, 1903  South River, Maryland
Cause of Death:   Natural
Buried:   Green Mount Cemetery,  Baltimore
 
16)  JOHN  B.  GORDON:
Date of Rank:   November 1, 1862
Date of Birth:   February 6, 1832  Upson County, Georgia
Date of Death:   January 9, 1904        Miami, Florida
Cause of Death:  Natural
Buried:   Oakland Cemetery,  Atlanta
 
17)  JAMES  A.  WALKER:
Date of Rank:   May 15, 1863
Date of Birth:     August 27, 1832   Augusta County, Virginia
Date of Death:   October 20, 1901   Wytheville, Virginia
Cause of Death:   Natural
Buried:   Wytheville, Virginia
 
18)  *JOHN  M.  JONES:
Date of Rank:  May 15, 1863
Date of Birth:  July 26, 1820    Charlottesville, Virginia
Date of Death:   May 5, 1864   Battle of the Wilderness
Cause of Death:     Killed in the battle
Buried:   Charlottesville, Virginia
 
19)  *JUNIUS  DANIEL
Date of Rank:   September 1, 1862
Date of Birth:   June 27, 1828   Halifax, North Carolina
Date of Death:   May 13, 1864   Spotsylvania Court House Battle
Cause of Death:   Mortally wounded on the 12th, died next day.
Buried:   Old churchyard in Halifax, North Carolina
 
20)  GEORGE  DOLES:
Date of Rank:   November 1, 1862
Date of Birth:   May 14, 1830   Milledgeville, Georgia
Date of Death:   June 2, 1864   Near Bethesda Church
Cause of Death:   Federal sharpshooter's bullet
Buried:   Milledgeville, Georgia
 
21)  ALFRED  IVERSON:
Date of Rank:   November 1, 1862
Date of Birth:  February 14, 1829   Clinton, Jones County, Ga.
Date of Death:  March 31, 1911,   Atlanta
Cause of Death:   Natural
Buried:  Oakland Cemetery,  Atlanta, Georgia
 
22)  *STEPHEN  D.  RAMSEUR:
Date of Rank:  November 1, 1862
Date of Birth:   May 31, 1837   Lincolnton, North Carolina
Date of Death:   October 20,, 1864  Battle of Cedar Creek
Cause of Death:  Shot through both lungs while attempting to stem
                          Sheridan's counterattack October 19, 1864.
Buried:   Lincolnton, North Carolina
 
23)  *CADMUS  M.  WILCOX:
Date of Rank:  October 21, 1861
Date of Birth:  May 29, 1824   Wayne County, North Carolina
Date of Death:   December 2, 1890   Washington
Cause of Death:   Natural
Buried:   Oak Hill Cemetery, Washington
 
24)   WILLIAM  MAHONE:
Date of Rank:   November 16, 1861
Date of Birth:   December 1, 1826   Southhampton county, Va.
Date of Death:   October 8, 1895   Washington
Cause of Death:   Natural
Buried:   Blandford Cemetery,  Petersburg, Virginia
 
25)   AMBROSE  R.  WRIGHT:
Date of Rank:   June 3, 1862
Date of Birth:  April 26, 1826  Louisville, Jefferson County, Ga.
Date of Death:   December 21, 1872  Augusta, Georgia
Cause of Death:   Natural
Buried:   General Wright is buried in City Cemetery, Augusta, Ga.
 
26)  JAMES  J.  PETTIGREW:
Date of Rank:  February 26, 1862
Date of Birth:   July 4, 1828   Tyrrell County, North Carolina
Date of Death:   July 17, 1863
Cause of Death:   Fatally wounded on July 14, at Falling Waters,
                           Maryland, by a sudden dash of Federal cavalry.
                           Three days later he died near Bunker Hill,
                           Virginia, on the 17th.
Buried:   "Bonarva", the family home in Tyrrell County, N.C.
 
27)  JAMES  J.  ARCHER:
Date of Rank:  June 3, 1862
Date of Birth:  December 19, 1817  Bel Air, Maryland
Date of Death:  October 24, 1864  Richmond
Cause of Death:   Prisoner for more than a year, his health was
                           shattered by his long confinement on Johnson's
                           Island.
Buried:   Hollywood Cemetery, in Richmond
 
28)  JOSEPH  R.  DAVIS:
Date of Rank:  September 15, 1862
Date of Birth:  January 12, 1825   Woodville, Mississippi
Date of Death:   September 15, 1896  Biloxi, Mississippi
Cause of Death:   Natural
Buried:   Biloxi Cemetery
 
Date of Rank:  November 1, 1862
Date of Birth:   July 28, 1833   Mathews Court House, Virginia
Date of Death:   September 21, 1907  Auburn, Alabama
Cause of Death:  Natural
Buried:   Auburn, Alabama
 
30)  EDWARD  L.  THOMAS:
Date of Rank:  November 1, 1862
Date of Birth:   March 23, 1825   Clarke County, Georgia
Date of Death:   March 8, 1898  South McAlester, Indian
                        Territory (now Oklahoma).
Cause of Death:  Natural
Buried:   Kiowa, Oklahoma
 
31)  ALFRED  M.  SCALES:
Date of Rank:  June 13, 1863
Date of Birth:   November 26, 1827  Reidsville, North Carolina
Date of Death:   February 8, 1892   Greensboro
Cause of Death:    Natural
Buried:   Greensboro
 
32)  CARNOT  POSEY:
Date of Rank:  November 1, 1862
Date of Birth:   August 5, 1818   Wilkinson County, Mississippi
Date of Death:   November 13, 1863.  Charlottesville
Cause of Death:   Infection from a leg wound caused death.
Buried:   Buried on the grounds of the University of Virginia
 
33)  WADE  HAMPTON:
Date of Rank:  May 23, 1862
Date of Birth:   March 28, 1818  Charleston, South Carolina
Date of Death:   April 11, 1902   Columbia, South Carolina
Cause of Death:   Natural
Buried:   Columbia, South Carolina
 
34)  *BEVERLY  H.  ROBERTSON:
Date of Rank:   June 9, 1862
Date of Birth:  June 5, 1827  "The Oaks", Amelia County, Va.
Date of Death:   November 12, 1910    Washington
Cause of Death:  Natural
Buried:   Amelia County, Virginia
 
35)  * FITZ  HUGH  LEE:   (Nephew of General Robert E. Lee)
Date of Rank:  July 24, 1862
Date of Birth:   November 19, 1835  "Clermont", Fairfax County,
                       Virginia.
Date of Death:   April 28, 1905  Washington
Cause of Death:    Natural
Buried:   Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia
 
36)  ALBERT  G.  JENKINS:
Date of Rank:   August 5, 1862
Date of Birth:  November 10, 1830   Cabell County, W. Va.
Date of Death:   May 21, 1864    near Dublin, Pulaski County
Cause of Death:   Arm was amputated at the shoulder, but
                           failing to rally from the operation, he died on
                           May 21.
Buried:  Spring Hill cemetery, Huntington, West Virginia
 
37)  * WILLIAM  E. "GRUMBLE"  JONES:
Date of Rank:   September 19, 1862
Date of Birth:   May 9, 1824   Middle Fork of Holston River,
                       Washington County, Virginia
Date of Death:   June 5, 1864   Battle of Piedmont
Cause of Death:   Struck by a ball during the battle and instantly
                           killed.
Buried:       In the yard of Old Glade Spring Presbyterian Church
 
38)  JOHN  D.  IMBODEN:
Date of Rank:   January 28, 1863
Date of Birth:   February 16, 1823   Staunton, Virginia
Date of Death:   August 15, 1895   Damascus
Cause of Death:   Natural
Buried:     Richmond, Virginia

* Denotes United States Military Academy  (West Point) Graduate
 
Total West Point Graduates = 24
Non-West Point Graduates = 29

This concludes the total transcribing of the List of 53 Confederate Generals
in the Battle of Gettysburg .
Researched and Transcribed by: Miriam Medina
Edited by Matthew D. Parker
Source:  Generals in Gray, Lives of the Confederate Commanders
Author:  Ezra J. Warner
Publisher:  Louisiana University Press

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The book does an excellent job describing the battles, then at a critical decision point in the battle, the book focuses on an officer - the book stops and tells the biography of that person, and then goes back to the battle and tells what information the officer had at that point and the decision he made. At the end of the battle, the officers decisions are critiqued based on what he "could have known and what he should have known" given his experience, and that is compared with 20/20 hindsight. "It is an incredibly well written book!"

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Recommended Reading: General Lee's Army: From Victory to Collapse. Publishers Weekly: You cannot say that University of North Carolina professor Glatthaar (Partners in Command) did not do his homework in this massive examination of the Civil War–era lives of the men in Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia. Glatthaar spent nearly 20 years examining and ordering primary source material to ferret out why Lee's men fought, how they lived during the war, how they came close to winning, and why they lost. Glatthaar marshals convincing evidence to challenge the often-expressed notion that the war in the South was a rich man's war and a poor man's fight and that support for slavery was concentrated among the Southern upper class. Continued below...

Lee's army included the rich, poor and middle-class, according to the author, who contends that there was broad support for the war in all economic strata of Confederate society. He also challenges the myth that because Union forces outnumbered and materially outmatched the Confederates, the rebel cause was lost, and articulates Lee and his army's acumen and achievements in the face of this overwhelming opposition. This well-written work provides much food for thought for all Civil War buffs.

 

Recommended Reading: Generals in Gray: Lives of the Confederate Commanders. Description: When Generals in Gray was published in 1959, scholars and critics immediately hailed it as one of the few indispensable books on the American Civil War. Historian Stanley Horn, for example, wrote, "It is difficult for a reviewer to restrain his enthusiasm in recommending a monumental book of this high quality and value." Here at last is the paperback edition of Ezra J. Warner’s magnum opus with its concise, detailed biographical sketches and—in an amazing feat of research—photographs of all 425 Confederate generals. Continued below...

The only exhaustive guide to the South’s command, Generals in Gray belongs on the shelf of anyone interested in the Civil War. RATED 5 STARS!

 

Recommended Reading: Brigades of Gettysburg: The Union and Confederate Brigades at the Battle of Gettysburg (Hardcover) (704 Pages). Description: While the battle of Gettysburg is certainly the most-studied battle in American history, a comprehensive treatment of the part played by each unit has been ignored. Brigades of Gettysburg fills this void by presenting a complete account of every brigade unit at Gettysburg and providing a fresh perspective of the battle. Using the words of enlisted men and officers, the author and renowned Civil War historian, Bradley Gottfried, weaves a fascinating narrative of the role played by every brigade at the famous three-day battle, as well as a detailed description of each brigade unit. Continued below...

Organized by order of battle, each brigade is covered in complete and exhaustive detail: where it fought, who commanded, what constituted the unit, and how it performed in battle. Innovative in its approach and comprehensive in its coverage, Brigades of Gettysburg is certain to be a classic and indispensable reference for the battle of Gettysburg for years to come.

 

Recommended Reading: The Gettysburg Campaign: A Study in Command (928 pages). Description: Coddington's research is one of the most thorough and detailed studies of the Gettysburg Campaign. Exhaustive in scope and scale, Coddington delivers, with unrivaled research, in-depth battle descriptions and a complete history of the regiments involved. Continued below...

This is a must read for anyone seriously interested in American history and what transpired and shaped a nation on those pivotal days in July 1863.

 

Recommended Reading: ONE CONTINUOUS FIGHT: The Retreat from Gettysburg and the Pursuit of Lee's Army of Northern Virginia, July 4-14, 1863 (Hardcover) (June 2008). Description: The titanic three-day battle of Gettysburg left 50,000 casualties in its wake, a battered Southern army far from its base of supplies, and a rich historiographic legacy. Thousands of books and articles cover nearly every aspect of the battle, but not a single volume focuses on the military aspects of the monumentally important movements of the armies to and across the Potomac River. One Continuous Fight: The Retreat from Gettysburg and the Pursuit of Lee's Army of Northern Virginia, July 4-14, 1863 is the first detailed military history of Lee's retreat and the Union effort to catch and destroy the wounded Army of Northern Virginia. Against steep odds and encumbered with thousands of casualties, Confederate commander Robert E. Lee's post-battle task was to successfully withdraw his army across the Potomac River. Union commander George G. Meade's equally difficult assignment was to intercept the effort and destroy his enemy. The responsibility for defending the exposed Southern columns belonged to cavalry chieftain James Ewell Brown (JEB) Stuart. If Stuart fumbled his famous ride north to Gettysburg, his generalship during the retreat more than redeemed his flagging reputation. The ten days of retreat triggered nearly two dozen skirmishes and major engagements, including fighting at Granite Hill, Monterey Pass, Hagerstown, Williamsport, Funkstown, Boonsboro, and Falling Waters. Continued below...

President Abraham Lincoln was thankful for the early July battlefield victory, but disappointed that General Meade was unable to surround and crush the Confederates before they found safety on the far side of the Potomac. Exactly what Meade did to try to intercept the fleeing Confederates, and how the Southerners managed to defend their army and ponderous 17-mile long wagon train of wounded until crossing into western Virginia on the early morning of July 14, is the subject of this study. One Continuous Fight draws upon a massive array of documents, letters, diaries, newspaper accounts, and published primary and secondary sources. These long-ignored foundational sources allow the authors, each widely known for their expertise in Civil War cavalry operations, to describe carefully each engagement. The result is a rich and comprehensive study loaded with incisive tactical commentary, new perspectives on the strategic role of the Southern and Northern cavalry, and fresh insights on every engagement, large and small, fought during the retreat. The retreat from Gettysburg was so punctuated with fighting that a soldier felt compelled to describe it as "One Continuous Fight." Until now, few students fully realized the accuracy of that description. Complimented with 18 original maps, dozens of photos, and a complete driving tour with GPS coordinates of the entire retreat, One Continuous Fight is an essential book for every student of the American Civil War in general, and for the student of Gettysburg in particular. About the Authors: Eric J. Wittenberg has written widely on Civil War cavalry operations. His books include Glory Enough for All (2002), The Union Cavalry Comes of Age (2003), and The Battle of Monroe's Crossroads and the Civil War's Final Campaign (2005). He lives in Columbus, Ohio. J. David Petruzzi is the author of several magazine articles on Eastern Theater cavalry operations, conducts tours of cavalry sites of the Gettysburg Campaign, and is the author of the popular "Buford's Boys." A long time student of the Gettysburg Campaign, Michael Nugent is a retired US Army Armored Cavalry Officer and the descendant of a Civil War Cavalry soldier. He has previously written for several military publications. Nugent lives in Wells, Maine.

 

Recommended Reading: Gettysburg: A Testing of Courage. Description: 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. Continued below...

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.

 

Recommended Reading: Retreat from Gettysburg: Lee, Logistics, and the Pennsylvania Campaign (Civil War America) (Hardcover). Description: In a groundbreaking, comprehensive history of the Army of Northern Virginia's retreat from Gettysburg in July 1863, Kent Masterson Brown draws on previously unused materials to chronicle the massive effort of General Robert E. Lee and his command as they sought to expeditiously move people, equipment, and scavenged supplies through hostile territory and plan the army's next moves. More than fifty-seven miles of wagon and ambulance trains and tens of thousands of livestock accompanied the army back to Virginia. Continued below...

The movement of supplies and troops over the challenging terrain of mountain passes and in the adverse conditions of driving rain and muddy quagmires is described in depth, as are General George G. Meade's attempts to attack the trains along the South Mountain range and at Hagerstown and Williamsport, Maryland. Lee's deliberate pace, skillful use of terrain, and constant positioning of the army behind defenses so as to invite attack caused Union forces to delay their own movements at critical times. Brown concludes that even though the battle of Gettysburg was a defeat for the Army of Northern Virginia, Lee's successful retreat maintained the balance of power in the eastern theater and left his army with enough forage, stores, and fresh meat to ensure its continued existence as an effective force.

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