Preview – Schultz and Mingus, “The Second Day at Gettysburg”

10 12 2015

51k02MDWMtL._SX338_BO1,204,203,200_New from Savas-Beatie is The Second Day at Gettysburg: The Attack and Defense of Cemetery Ridge, July 2, 1863, by David L. Schultz and Scott L. Mingus, Sr. Word has it that this is more than a simple re-working of Schultz’s (with co-author David Weick) 2006 The Battle Between the Farm Lanes, and in fact is an entirely new book covering the same time frame. It’s hard for me to say because believe it or not I don’t have the older book here, but that one weighed in at 300 pages, while Second Day is 531, with 494 pp of narrative and 17 pp bibliography, including five pages of newspaper and manuscript sources. All of this, along with plenty of illustrations throughout, bottom-of-page footnotes, and fine Phil Laino maps tells the story of Anderson’s Confederate division as it slammed into Winfield Scott Hancock’s Union command along Cemetery ridge. While this aspect of the battle often takes a back seat to what was going on farther south, the authors do not look at it in a vacuum, but consider how the two not-separate phases affected one another, and focus on terrain and its effects on intent and execution.


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10 12 2015
Ted Savas

Many thanks for posting this new title, Harry.

It is indeed an utterly new book in every respect. And although just released, it is already about 2/3s sold out (of a sizable print run). Of course, we have a handful of signed copies left for Christmas. :)

In all seriousness, if you like detailed (and occasionally on purpose) in-the-weeds descriptions of distances, directions, viewsheds, etc., with a careful examination of how every patch of woods, vale, hill, road, fence-line, and house and barn affected the decision-making and hence the fighting, you will love this book, It is jammed with personal observations by the participants as well, and nothing is presented in a vacuum, and many very rare images from the turn of the century.

We think it will be one of the most popular Gettysburg books we will ever publish. (And as you know, I have no intention of publishing Gettysburg titles.)

Merry Christmas and keep up the good work, Mr. Tull.

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10 12 2015
Scott Mingus

Indeed, thank you Harry! And, just this once, to reiterate my appreciation for your preview, I will force my self to type… well, maybe I will… Nah!!!… OK. I will. Raise the Jolly Roger! Man, that’s tough for this Big Red Machine fan to type.

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20 12 2015
pooreboysingray

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