The Illustrated Gettysburg Reader: An Eyewitness History of the Civil War’s Greatest Battle

The Illustrated Gettysburg Reader: An Eyewitness History of the Civil War’s Greatest Battle

Language: English

Pages: 265

ISBN: 1621570436

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


One hundred and fifty years after the Battle of Gettysburg, the words of the soldiers and onlookers present for those three fateful days still reverberate with the power of their courage and sacrifice. The Illustrated Gettysburg Reader: An Eyewitness History of the Civil War's Greatest Battle gathers letters, journals, articles and speeches from the people who lived through those legendary three days. Tied together with narrative by historian Rod Gragg and illustrated with a wealth of photographs and images, The Illustrated Gettysburg Reader will transport you to the battlefield, immersing you in the emotional intensity of the struggle of brother against brother for the future of the United States of America.

"Here they are penetrating the heart of a hostile country leaving their homes beyond broad rivers and the largest of the enemies armies while in front of them is gathering all of resistance that can be obtained by a power fruitful of every element of military power."
Confederate soldier T.G. Pollock on the 30th of June, 1863, the day before the Battle of Gettysburg

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terrific cannonade was commenced, which lasted for more than an hour, when suddenly everything was silent. Every man knew what that silence portended. The grim blue battle line on Seminary Ridge began at once to prepare for the advance of its antagonists; both sides felt that the tug of war was about to come, and that Greek must meet Greek as they had never met before. From this point, I shall confine my description to events connected with Armistead’s brigade, with which I served. Soon after

at Cashtown or Gettysburg, as circumstances might require. The advance of the enemy to the latter place was unknown, and the weather being inclement, the march was conducted with a view to the comfort of the troops. Heth’s division reached Cashtown on the 29th, and the following morning Pettigrew’s brigade, sent by General Heth to procure supplies at Gettysburg, found it occupied by the enemy. Being ignorant of the extent of his force, General Pettigrew was unwilling to hazard an attack with his

are appropriately mentioned in the accompanying reports, and the memory or all will be gratefully and affectionately cherished by the people in whose defense they fell. The loss of Major-General Pender is severely felt by the army and the country. He served with this army from the beginning of the war, and took a distinguished part in all its engagements. Wounded on several occasions, he never left his command in action until he received the injury that resulted in his death. His promise and

events that triggered the fighting. Although he had graduated last in his class at West Point, General “Harry” Heth was viewed as a capable, experienced officer. The Gettysburg Campaign, however, was his first engagement as a division commander. Library of Congress On Gettysburg’s first day of battle, a morning clash escalated into serious fighting west of the town along both sides of the Chambersburg Turnpike. Based on a map by Hal Jespersen, www.CWmaps.com Headquarters, Heth’s Division

regiment in the Confederate army: they halted under fire, closed the gaps, dressed their ranks, and resumed their assault. At the peak of the battle, as his depleted regiment drove the Iron Brigade’s line to the breaking point, Colonel Burgwyn was shot down with a mortal wound. As the regiment pressed on under Lieutenant Colonel Lane, some of the regiment’s men moved Burgwyn to the rear, where he died. One of the soldiers who assisted Burgwyn, Private William M. Cheek, would later preserve a

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