What book took you into the battle at Gettysburg?
June 30, 2011 7:42 PM Subscribe
148 years ago today, 37 yr old Union Gen John Buford took the 1st calvary division into Gettysburg, got the lay of the land fast, grabbed the high ground, setting the stage for Union victory after the next three horrific days of battle. What books and/or websites have you read which have given you a better understanding of this battle and the people who fought it?
posted by dancestoblue to Writing & Language (14 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
I've been reading about this battle. Specifically, I've been re-reading The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara, which won everything in 1975, and it damn sure should have -- very readable, really gives a sense of who the people were, what they were up against. I've also been digging around online, trying to get a better picture of this battle.
What other books and/or web sites are as readable as The Killer Angels, what books have you read which have given you a better understanding of this battle and the people who fought it?
I'm not at a place -- not yet, anyways -- where I can read dusty tomes and put flesh to them because I already know all the characters, which is why The Killer Angels has been so good for me; it's given/giving me a sense of these armies, and a peek into the minds of the men who fought there, it's led me by the hand into this battle.