Summer's Bloodiest Days: The Battle of Gettysburg as Told from All Sides (Hardcover)
Timed for the Civil War anniversary in 2011, this book powerfully illustrates a true turning point in American history. Gettysburg expert Jennifer Weber tells the story of the momentous battle through the voices of those who were there, a unique approach that makes this title stand out from all others.
Gripping eyewitness accounts, archival photographs, and dramatic artwork combine with the latest research to portray the Battle of Gettysburg from all sides--Yankees and Rebels, officers and foot soldiers, men and women, townspeople and outside observers. Through their eyes, today's students get a real sense of how a chance meeting on a dusty road exploded into three days of intense combat. Maps specially created by National Geographic cartographers help us follow all the action of the vicious and complex battle, during which more than 50,000 people were killed, wounded, or taken prisoner. Names such as Little Round Top, the Peach Orchard, and Pickett's Charge take on new meaning as young readers learn about the incredible sacrifices made--often by people still in their teens.
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About the Author
Jennifer Weber is a native of California who worked for several years in her home state as a journalist and political aide. Her principal interest is the Civil War, especially the seams where political, social, and military history come together. Her book Copperheads, about antiwar Democrats in the Civil War North, was published in 2006. Dr. Weber is a codirector of the University of Kansas's Peace, War, & Global Change seminar. In addition to her work there, she serves on the advisory panel for the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission. James M. McPherson is the George Henry Davis 1886 Professor of American History Emeritus at Princeton University. He is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era, Embattled Rebel: Jefferson Davis and the Confederate Civil War, and the New York Times bestselling Crossroads of Freedom: Antietam.