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The Devils to Pay: John Buford at Gettysburg. a History and Walking Tour. by Eric J Wittenberg Online



The Devils to Pay: John Buford at Gettysburg. a History and Walking Tour.

The Devils to Pay: John Buford at Gettysburg. a History and Walking Tour.

  • Title: The Devils to Pay: John Buford at Gettysburg. a History and Walking Tour.
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  • ISBN : 9781611212082
  • Format : Hardcover
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  • Page : 272 pages


Although many books on Gettysburg have addressed the role played by Brig Gen John Buford and his First Cavalry Division troops, there is not a single book length study devoted entirely to the critical delaying actions waged by Buford and his dismounted troopers and his horse artillerists on the morning of July 1, 1863 Award winning Civil War historian Eric J Wittenberg Although many books on Gettysburg have addressed the role played by Brig Gen John Buford and his First Cavalry Division troops, there is not a single book length study devoted entirely to the critical delaying actions waged by Buford and his dismounted troopers and his horse artillerists on the morning of July 1, 1863 Award winning Civil War historian Eric J Wittenberg rectifies this glaring oversight with The Devil s to Pay John Buford at Gettysburg A History and Walking Tour.This comprehensive tactical study examines the role Buford and his horse soldiers played from June 29 through July 2, 1863, including the important actions that saved the shattered remnants of the First and Eleventh Corps Wittenberg relies upon scores of rare primary sources, including many that have never before been used, to paint a detailed picture of the critical role the quiet and modest cavalryman known to his men as Honest John or Old Steadfast played at Gettysburg The Devil s to Pay also includes a detailed walking and driving tour of pertinent sites, complete with GPS coordinates Three appendices address the nature of Buford s defense at Gettysburg, whether his troopers were armed with repeating weapons, and whether a feint by his men late in the day caused the Confederate infantry to form squares a Napoleonic defensive tactic Finally, 17 maps by Gettysburg cartographer Phil Laino, together with than 80 images, several published for the first time, round out this study The Devil s to Pay is a must have for Gettysburg enthusiasts


Author Eric J Wittenberg

Eric J Wittenberg is an American Civil War historian, author, lecturer, tour guide and battlefield preservationist He is a practicing attorney in downtown Columbus, Ohio His published works have focused especially on the Civil War cavalryman and the cavalry battles of the Civil War, with emphasis on the Army of the Potomac s Cavalry Corps




The Devils to Pay: John Buford at Gettysburg. a History and Walking Tour. Reviews (15)

  • This is a nice book I do believe that Longacre s biography General John Buford is better fleshed out Both authors face difficulty in finding and using primary sources There is not the depth of information about Buford according to both authors to do a really thorough biography.This book puts its gre [..]

  • I m a bit torn in reviewing this book When Wittenberg writes, he writes reasonably well I would read other books by him The problem is, he doesn t write very much The body of the book is some 200 pages, yet those pages feel padded For example, the book is filled with pictures of officers, dozens of [..]

  • Excellent details of that fateful first day.My great grandfather, Alexander J Swaney, was a permanent orderly for Buford and I will use this book as a reference for the second volume of a trilogy Children of the Storm I am writing This book provides excellent details of both sides of the first day I [..]

  • The most detailed account of General Buford s tremendous accomplishments June 30, July 1 and July 2, 1863 at Gettysburg I have ever read John Buford never received the credit he richly deserved for his generalship before, during and after the Battle of Gettysburg This book does him justice. [..]

  • In his career, Eric J Wittenberg has tackled many of the aspects of the cavalry in the Gettysburg Campaign From the conflict at East Cavalry Field to the infamous Farnsworth s Charge, Wittenberg gives us another outlook to the cavalry during the battle It was only a matter of time before he took on [..]

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