Academic journal article Pennsylvania Literary Journal

A Very Useful Guide to Every Stone and House of Gettysburg

Academic journal article Pennsylvania Literary Journal

A Very Useful Guide to Every Stone and House of Gettysburg

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A Very Useful Guide to Every Stone and House of Gettysburg Carol Reardon and Tom Vossler. A Field Guide to Gettysburg, Second Editioin. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, May 8, 2017. ISBN: 978-1-4696-3336-7. $24.00. 488pp. 60 illustrations.

This book is very well designed and appealing to behold; I might even take it with me on my next long-distance move. The cover map is a beautiful design, and it is repeated a couple of the title pages. The paper is glossy and strong like some of the more expensive color illustrated textbooks and other travel guides. Unless somebody is an anti-war extremist, he or she should really like this book. When I live in the south, I frequently visit museums of early American history and sights of major conflicts, which are treasured there more so than in other parts of America, where history is a bit less authentic. So, I'm sure this book will find a lot of interested readers in the southern region. I have visited fewer battlefields than I would have if a book like this was in my library. For example, the book includes many very detailed maps that show not only the progress of the troops, but also who commanded, died, and lived on the spots, with anecdotes about those characters that distinguished themselves. Without such a guide, a field is just a field and only somebody that closely researchers the period might imagine what happened and where. This guide invites casual readers to step into history. Civil War reenactors would probably really benefit from details like this. Perhaps it's better than most guides because this is a second edition, which must have had some imperfections polished away. The authors are both guides, so it is written in a style that grabs interest and the intellect. The book is designed to take visitors threedays of exploration to follow from start to finish. …

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