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Gettysburg--Culp's Hill and Cemetery Hill (Civil War America)by Harry W Pfanz
Synopses & Reviews
In this companion to his celebrated earlier book, Gettysburg—The Second Day, Harry Pfanz provides the first definitive account of the fighting between the Army of the Potomac and Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia at Cemetery Hill and Culp's Hill—two of the most critical engagements fought at Gettysburg on 2 and 3 July 1863.
Pfanz provides detailed tactical accounts of each stage of the contest and explores the interactions between—and decisions made by—generals on both sides. In particular, he illuminates Confederate lieutenant general Richard S. Ewell's controversial decision not to attack Cemetery Hill after the initial southern victory on 1 July. Pfanz also explores other salient features of the fighting, including the Confederate occupation of the town of Gettysburg, the skirmishing in the south end of town and in front of the hills, the use of breastworks on Culp's Hill, and the small but decisive fight between Union cavalry and the Stonewall Brigade.
Book News Annotation:
In this companion to his earlier Gettysburg--The Second Day, Pfanz provides an authoritative account of the fighting between the Army of the Potomac and Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia at Cemetery Hill and Culp's Hill, two of the most critical engagements at Gettysburg on 2 and 3 July 1863.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
About the Author
Harry W. Pfanz is author of Gettysburg—The First Day and Gettysburg—The Second Day. A lieutenant, field artillery, during World War II, he served for ten years as a historian at Gettysburg National Military Park and retired from the position of Chief Historian of the National Park Service in 1981.
Table of Contents
1. Two Generals and Their Armies
2. The Only Position
3. Ewell and Howard Collide
4. Retreat to Cemetery Hill
5. The Rebels Take the Town
6. Ewell Hesitates
7. Slocum and Hancock Reach the Field
8. Getting Ready for the Fight
9. Skirmishers, Sharpshooters, and Civilians
10. Brinkerhoff's Ridge
11. The Artillery, 2 July
12. Blunder on the Right
13. Johnson Attacks!
14. Early Attacks Cemetery Hill
15. Cemetery Hill--The Repulse
16. Culp's Hill--Johnson's Assault, 3 July
17. The Last Attacks
18. Counterattacks near Spangler's Spring
19. 3 July, Mostly Afternoon
Appendix A. Spangler's Spring
Appendix B. Two Controversies
Appendix C. Order of Battle: Army of the Potomac and Army of Northern Virginia, 1-3 July 1863
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