Preview: Andrew Dalton, “Beyond the Run”

2 07 2013

51AlVz0OQEL__BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA300_SH20_OU01_Beyond the Run: The Emmanuel Harmon Farm at Gettysburg, from Ten Roads Publishing, is notable on more than one level. The Harmon Farm is that area west of Willoughby’s Run on the First Day’s field formerly known as “The Country Club.” It became NPS property back in 2011, and I was lucky enough to be among those on the first ranger-led tour of the site during the battle anniversary programs that year. So here we have a timely study of this area – a farm at the time – before, during, and perhaps most interestingly after the Battle of Gettysburg. A check on the bibliography and notes indicates that, while the usual-suspect published books and articles are represented, the author also consulted numerous newspaper sources and a few manuscript collections, namely local repositories like the Adams County Historical Society (ACHS) and the Gettysburg NMP files as well as those in York County and the National Archives. Clear maps and some rare illustrations enhance the narrative. Perhaps most notably, the author’s biography, which notes he serves as a volunteer at GNMP and the ACHS, also mentions he is a sophomore. In high school.





Preview: Rod Gragg, “The Illustrated Gettysburg Reader”

1 07 2013

P9781621570431Regnery History sent me a very nice, autographed copy of Rod Gragg’s new The Illustrated Gettysburg Reader: An Eyewitness History of the Civil War’s Greatest Battle. If you’re not familiar with Rod Gragg, you should be – he is, among other things, the author of a fine study of the battle of Fort Fisher, Confederate Goliath, and also a history of the 26th North Carolina Infantry at Gettysburg, Covered With Glory. This new book follows the traditional reader format, with first hand accounts presented in chronological order. What sets this apart are the extensive illustrations (photos, artwork, maps.) Is this something that every student of the Civil War in general and the Battle of Gettysburg in particular needs on their shelves? Probably not, but if you’re looking to introduce someone to the use of primary sources, or to that Pennsylvania battle, it’s a safe bet.








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