The First Day
By (author) Harry W. Pfanz
Gettysburg by Harry W. Pfanz
Book DescriptionAn acclaimed Gettysburg historian details the first day's battle Though a great deal has been written about the battle of Gettysburg, much of it has focused on the events of the second and third days. With this book, the first day's fighting finally receives its due. Harry Pfanz, a former historian at Gettysburg National Military Park and author of two previous books on the battle, presents a deeply researched, definitive account of the events of July 1, 1863. After sketching the background of the Gettysburg campaign and recounting the events immediately preceding the battle, Pfanz offers a detailed tactical description of the first day's fighting. He describes the engagements in McPherson Woods, at the Railroad Cuts, on Oak Ridge, on Seminary Ridge, and at Blocher's Knoll, as well as the retreat of Union forces through Gettysburg and the Federal rally on Cemetery Hill. Throughout, he draws on deep research in published and archival sources to challenge some of the common assumptions about the battle - for example, that Richard Ewell's failure to press an attack against Union troops at Cemetery Hill late on the first day ultimately cost the Confederacy the battle.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780807826249
(235mm x 156mm x 35mm)
Imprint: The University of North Carolina Press
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Publish Date: 31-Jul-2001
Country of Publication: United States
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For good reason, the second and third days of the Battle of Gettysburg have received the lion's share of attention from historians. This book describes the engagements in McPherson Woods, at the Railroad Cuts, on Oak Ridge, on Seminary Ridge, and at Blocher's Knoll. Throughout, it challenges many long-held assumptions about the battle.
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Author Biography - Harry W. Pfanz
Harry W. Pfanz is author of Gettysburg - The Second Day and Gettysburg - Culp's Hill and Cemetery Hill. He served for ten years as a historian at Gettysburg National Military Park and retired from the position of Chief Historian of the National Park Service in 1981.
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