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Gettysburg - The Last Invasion

Allen C. Guelzo

From the acclaimed Civil War historian, a brilliant new history-the most intimate and richly readable account we have had-of the climactic three-day battle of Gettysburg (July 1-3, 1863), which draws the reader into the heat, smoke, and grime of Gettysburg alongside the ordinary soldier, and depicts the combination of personalities and circumstances that produced the greatest battle of the Civil War, and one of the greatest in human history. Of the half-dozen full-length histories of the battle of Gettysburg written over the last century, none dives down so closely to the experience of the individual soldier, or looks so closely at the sway of politics over military decisions, or places the battle so firmly in the context of nineteenth-century military practice. Allen C. Guelzo shows us the face, the sights, and the sounds of nineteenth-century combat: the lay of the land, the fences and the stone walls, the gunpowder clouds that hampered movement and vision; the armies that caroused, foraged, kidnapped, sang, and were so filthy they could be smelled before they could be seen; the head-swimming difficulties of marshaling massive numbers of poorly trained soldiers, plus thousands of animals and wagons, with no better means of communication than those of Caesar and Alexander. What emerges is an untold story, from the trapped and terrified civilians in Gettysburg's cellars to the insolent attitude of artillerymen, from the taste of gunpowder cartridges torn with the teeth to the sounds of marching columns, their tin cups clanking like an anvil chorus. Guelzo depicts the battle with unprecedented clarity, evoking a world where disoriented soldiers and officers wheel nearly blindly through woods and fields toward their clash, even as poetry and hymns spring to their minds with ease in the midst of carnage. Rebel soldiers look to march on Philadelphia and even New York, while the Union struggles to repel what will be the final invasion of the North. One hundred and fifty years later, the cornerstone battle of the C

From the acclaimed Civil War historian, a brilliant new history-the most intimate and richly readable account we have had-of the climactic three-day battle of Gettysburg (July 1-3, 1863), which draws the reader into the heat, smoke, and grime of Gettysburg alongside the ordinary soldier, and depicts the combination of personalities and circumstances that produced the greatest battle of the Civil War, and one of the greatest in human history. Of the half-dozen full-length histories of the battle of Gettysburg written over the last century, none dives down so closely to the experience of the individual soldier, or looks so closely at the sway of politics over military decisions, or places the battle so firmly in the context of nineteenth-century military practice. Allen C. Guelzo shows us the face, the sights, and the sounds of nineteenth-century combat: the lay of the land, the fences and the stone walls, the gunpowder clouds that hampered movement and vision; the armies that caroused, foraged, kidnapped, sang, and were so filthy they could be smelled before they could be seen; the head-swimming difficulties of marshaling massive numbers of poorly trained soldiers, plus thousands of animals and wagons, with no better means of communication than those of Caesar and Alexander. What emerges is an untold story, from the trapped and terrified civilians in Gettysburg's cellars to the insolent attitude of artillerymen, from the taste of gunpowder cartridges torn with the teeth to the sounds of marching columns, their tin cups clanking like an anvil chorus. Guelzo depicts the battle with unprecedented clarity, evoking a world where disoriented soldiers and officers wheel nearly blindly through woods and fields toward their clash, even as poetry and hymns spring to their minds with ease in the midst of carnage. Rebel soldiers look to march on Philadelphia and even New York, while the Union struggles to repel what will be the final invasion of the North. One hundred and fifty years later, the cornerstone battle of the C
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From the acclaimed Civil War historian, a brilliant new history-the most intimate and richly readable account we have had-of the climactic three-day battle of Gettysburg (July 1-3, 1863), which draws the reader into the heat, smoke, and grime of Gettysburg alongside the ordinary soldier, and depicts the combination of personalities and circumstances that produced the greatest battle of the Civil War, and one of the greatest in human history. Of the half-dozen full-length histories of the battle of Gettysburg written over the last century, none dives down so closely to the experience of the individual soldier, or looks so closely at the sway of politics over military decisions, or places the battle so firmly in the context of nineteenth-century military practice. Allen C. Guelzo shows us the face, the sights, and the sounds of nineteenth-century combat: the lay of the land, the fences and the stone walls, the gunpowder clouds that hampered movement and vision; the armies that caroused, foraged, kidnapped, sang, and were so filthy they could be smelled before they could be seen; the head-swimming difficulties of marshaling massive numbers of poorly trained soldiers, plus thousands of animals and wagons, with no better means of communication than those of Caesar and Alexander. What emerges is an untold story, from the trapped and terrified civilians in Gettysburg's cellars to the insolent attitude of artillerymen, from the taste of gunpowder cartridges torn with the teeth to the sounds of marching columns, their tin cups clanking like an anvil chorus. Guelzo depicts the battle with unprecedented clarity, evoking a world where disoriented soldiers and officers wheel nearly blindly through woods and fields toward their clash, even as poetry and hymns spring to their minds with ease in the midst of carnage. Rebel soldiers look to march on Philadelphia and even New York, while the Union struggles to repel what will be the final invasion of the North. One hundred and fifty years later, the cornerstone battle of the C

Language:

English

Narrators:

Robertson Dean

Length:

7h 40m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:13


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

01:53


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

09:12


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

07:19


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:13


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:31


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

07:03


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:05


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:52


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:11


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:29


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:32


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:19


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

08:05


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:56


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:18


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

08:15


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:43


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:13


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:43


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:21


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:37


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:47


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:43


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:14


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

08:19


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

07:24


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

08:59


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:09


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

07:57


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:37


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:42


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

08:17


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

07:30


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

07:45


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

08:01


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

06:47


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

07:14


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:33


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:02


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

08:21


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

06:17


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

07:20


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:14


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

08:17


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

09:18


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:36


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:31


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

08:19


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:36


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

06:26


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

05:47


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

06:48


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

06:58


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:58


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:17


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:17


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

06:34


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

07:53


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

09:27


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

08:31


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

05:17


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

06:46


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

09:59


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

07:01


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

09:00


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

07:33


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

09:15