Ten Favorite Gettysburg Books

2 07 2009


As described here, I’m participating in a multi-blog project, coordinated by Brett Schulte of TOCWOC, identifying our ten favorite books on The Gettysburg Campaign.  A master page has been set up here.  As other bloggers post their lists, I’ll put up links at the bottom of this one.

Thankfully Brett left the parameters broad and the definition vague, so I don’t have to justify why these are my favorites.  I list them below in no particular order:

John Busey and David Martin, Regimental Strengths and Losses at Gettysburg

  • Numbers numbers numbers!  A joy to have on hand when reading accounts of fields littered with dead cavalrymen (yeah, like two!)

Bill Hyde (ed), The Union Generals Speak: The Meade Hearings on the Battle of Gettysburg

  • Butt covering and kissing, posturings, rationalizations, explanations, accusations.  Joint Congressional Committee on the Conduct of the War testimony.

Richard Sauers (ed), “Fighting Them Over”: How the Veterans Remembered Gettysburg in the Pages of the National Tribune

  • Kind of like the JCCW testimony, only this time with vets of all stripes.

Michael Dreese, “Like Ripe Apples in a Storm”: The 151st Pennsylvania Volunteers at Gettysburg

  • Fine regimental history.

John Imhof, Gettysburg Day Two: A Study in Maps

  • Groundbreaking map micro-study, but very tough to find.

Gregory Coco, “A Strange and Blighted Land” Gettysburg: The Aftermath of Battle

  • Heartbreaking account of the battle’s wake.

Roland Maust, “Grappling with Death”: The Union Second Corps Hospital at Gettysburg

  • Similar to the above, but more narrowly focused and detailed.

Carol Reardon, Pickett’s Charge in History & Memory

  • Influential memory study.

Richard Sauers, Gettysburg: The Meade-Sickles Controversy

  • Great evaluation, analysis, and reconcilliation of accounts.

Oliver Wilcox Norton, The Attack and Defense of Little Round Top, Gettysburg, July 2, 1863

  • Early sleuthing of accounts by a vet.

Here are links to the lists on other blogs: