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Gettysburg--The Second Day

Gettysburg--The Second Day

  • Title: Gettysburg--The Second Day
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  • ISBN : 9780807847305
  • Format : Paperback
  • Language : English
  • Page : 624 pages


The second day s fighting at Gettysburg the assault of the Army of Northern Virginia against the Army of the Potomac on 2 July 1863 was probably the critical engagement of that decisive battle and, therefore, among the most significant actions of the Civil War Harry Pfanz, a former historian at Gettysburg National Military Park, has written a definitive account of the s The second day s fighting at Gettysburg the assault of the Army of Northern Virginia against the Army of the Potomac on 2 July 1863 was probably the critical engagement of that decisive battle and, therefore, among the most significant actions of the Civil War Harry Pfanz, a former historian at Gettysburg National Military Park, has written a definitive account of the second day s brutal combat He begins by introducing the men and units that were to do battle, analyzing the strategic intentions of Lee and Meade as commanders of the opposing armies, and describing the concentration of forces in the area around Gettysburg He then examines the development of tactical plans and the deployment of troops for the approaching battle But the emphasis is on the fighting itself Pfanz provides a thorough account of the Confederates smashing assaults at Devil s Den and Litle Round Top, through the Wheatfield and the Peach Orchard, and against the Union center at Cemetery Ridge He also details the Union defense that eventually succeeded in beating back these assaults, depriving Lee s gallant army of victory.Pfanz analyzes decisions and events that have sparked debate for than a century In particular he discusses factors underlying the Meade Sickles controversy and the questions about Longstreet s delay in attacking the Union left The narrative is also enhanced by thirteen superb maps, than eighty illustrations, brief portraits of the leading commanders, and observations on artillery, weapons, and tactics that will be of help even to knowledgeable readers Gettysburg The Second Day is certain to become a Civil War classic What makes the work so authoritative is Pfanz mastery of the Gettysburg literature and his unparalleled knowledge of the ground on which the fighting occurred His sources include the Official Records, regimental histories and personal reminiscences from soldiers North and South, personal papers and diaries, newspaper files, and last but assuredly not least the Gettysburg battlefield Pfanz s career in the National Park Service included a ten year assignment as a park historian at Gettysburg Without doubt, he knows the terrain of the battle as well as he knows the battle itself


Author Harry W Pfanz

Harry W Pfanz graduated from Ohio State University in 1943, followed by service in the U.S army in World War II He then became a historian, first for the Department of the Army then for Gettysburg National Military Park for ten years He received a doctorate in history from Ohio State University in 1958 He has also served as the Chief Historian of the National Park Service from 1974 until his




Gettysburg--The Second Day Reviews (24)

  • This is a superb tactical analysis of the fighting that occurred late in the day on July 2, 1863, on the federal left and the Confederate right at the Battle of Gettysburg Pfanz describes this hellish several hours of vicious combat in great detail and down to the regimental and even company level M [..]

  • If you want detail on the second day at Gettysburg, this will give it to you Harry Pfanz provides much information in this volume.The book itself begins with the invasion of the North by Robert E Lee Chapters 2 and 3 report on key aspects of the day one fighting, on July 1st These three chapters set [..]

  • This book is considered to be one of the best Civil War books written It is a very detailed book regarding troop movements, identifying locations were battles were fought, and who was involved It is a book that a Civil War fan myself would enjoy a great deal It is not a book that I believe the avera [..]

  • In Gettysburg The Second Day 1987 , Harry W Pfanz charts the events of the Battle of Gettysburg s second day, July 2, 1863 July 2 was the Confederacy s last, best hope for winning a decisive victory on Northern soil Like the previous day, it started badly for the Union Army of the Potomac, yet ubiqu [..]

  • Gettysburg, The Second Day return Harry W Pfanz return return The second day of the Battle of Gettysburg was a series of engagements that, while connected, still wound up being or less separate mini battles, so that we can talk about the action at Devil s Den, the fight for the Peach Orchard, and s [..]

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