Preview: Hunt, “Meade and Lee After Gettysburg”

8 07 2017

Layout 1New from Savas Beatie is Jeffrey Wm. Hunt’s Meade and Lee After Gettysburg: The Forgotten Final Stage of the Gettysburg Campaign, from Falling Waters to Culpeper Court House, July 14-31, 1863 (man, some of these titles need chapter breaks). The first thing you’ll notice about this book is the cover art. That’s N. C. Wyeth’s War!, and it rocks the Casbah. Not only does it put to shame all the ill-advised “my cousin drew this” illustrations you see on too many covers, but pretty much everyone else’s as well.

OK, enough about that. The title is self-descriptive. Here’s what you get: a foreword by Bryce Suderow; 271 pages of text with footnotes, 14 chapters and an epilogue; principal engagements and casualties appendix; bibliography, (including 29 unpublished manuscript collections); index; 16 Chris Hunt maps; 35 illustrations and photographs.

The book is blurbed glowingly by the likes of Kent Masterson Brown and Gary Gallagher.

Author Hunt is the director of the Texas Military Forces Museum in Austin, TX, and the author of The Last Battle of the Civil War: Palmetto Ranch.


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8 07 2017
Theodore P. Savas

First with the hypen (Savas-Beatie), and now with the long title complaints. :) (There is a colon in there, Harry.)

The title I was originally pushing was:

“George Meade of the Army of the Potomac and Robert E. Lee of the Army of Northern Virginia After the Battle of Gettysburg: The Forgotten Final Stage of the Long Gettysburg Campaign, from Falling Waters all the way to Culpeper Court House along the Rappahannock River, July 14-31, 1863.” (Sarah talked me out of it.)

How does the final title look now? Short and pithy, huh? :)

(Thanks for posting, Harry. Appreciate it as always.0

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8 07 2017
Phil LeDuc

Thanks for the info, Harry. I’ve wondered how much new coverage this title, which popped up in my Amazon recommendations, has to offer in addition to Brown’s and Wittenberg’s excellent Gettysburg post-battle books. Perhaps Ted can pitch in with a few words on the subject?

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8 07 2017
Phil LeDuc

Ah, I see more description on the SB web page. So there will be two more volumes on the too-often neglected late-1863 campaigning? Excellent!

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8 07 2017
Theodore P. Savas

Hi Phil

Glad you found it. This volume was an eye-opener. Dave Powell has argued (successfully) that the battle of Chickamauga began on Sept. 18, not September 19, making it a three-day battle.

Hunt argues the Gettysburg Campaign in no way ended with the crossing of the Potomac River, the Rebel army was still deadly dangerous and cohesive, and the AOP had a major opportunity to chop it up in the northern end of the Valley.

I think it is well worth your time. Thanks for your interest in our books.

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