Preview: John Michael Priest, “Stand to It and Give Them Hell”

26 09 2014

51uERQsu+lL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_New from Savas-Beatie (from whom you can expect a deluge of new titles in the coming months) is Stand to It and Give Them Hell: Gettysburg as the Soldiers Experienced it From Cemetery Ridge to Little Round Top, July 2, 1863. Yep, that’s a mouthful. Mr. Priest has written a number of works featuring first hand soldier accounts, Before Antietam and Antietam being two of the most familiar.

The action covered in this work is described well in the title, so I won’t go into that. Mr. Priest’s stated goal is “to help readers understand and experience, as closely as possible through the written word, the stress and terror of that fateful day.” To do that, he gives you 457 pages of text drawn from the testimony of those who lived the events, with the now-to-be-expected-from-Savas-Beatie footnotes; an order of battle; and a bibliography (oh for the days when one didn’t have to mention that a book actually included a bibliography, but these are the times in which we live.) Also included are 60 (sixty!) maps – enough to light up the eyes of most Gettysburg enthusiasts, and that’s no easy task. Other illustrations (photos, sketches) are sparse, but it’s the words that matter here.



5 responses

26 09 2014

Matter of fact..have been re-reading Antietam, A Soldiers Battle…Priest’s retelling of the accounts of that battle defy description. Michael P. also provides plenty of maps updating the regimental , brigade movements of his narrative..He is the “Saving Pivate Ryan wordsmith” using personal recollections of the soldiers to portray real war in all of its confusion, horror and bloodlust that can overtake men in time of battle. Looking forward to his latest work.
Brian K


26 09 2014
Theodore P. Savas

HI Harry, Thanks for the preview of this work. We are very proud of it, and if early reviews and sales are any indication, it will be very popular. In fact, we are nearly sold out of the first edition.


27 09 2014
John Michael Priest

Harry, thank you for reviewing the book. I really appreciate it. I hope we can meet some time in the near future.


27 09 2014
Chris Evans

Yes, Savas has a incredible amount of interesting titles coming out.



24 07 2016
New in Paperback | Bull Runnings

[…] First is John Michael Priest’s “Stand to It and Give Them Hell:” Gettysburg as the Soldiers Experienced It from Cemetery Ridge to Little Round Top, July 2, 1863. It’s really tough to expand on that title, so read my preview here. […]


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