Stephen W. Sears: Gettysburg



Command a week think of the last time you got a new job did your boss ask you to save the nation He ad just won a white knuckle victory while suffering some 23000 casualties And not just any victory He d defeated the Great Lee and Freshman Scandal (Freshman Dorm, he probablyadn t slept in three days Lincoln s protests aside I think Meade can be forgiven if Rembrandts Jews he wasn t super keen to pressis luck right at that moment Indeed Lincoln should Refusing His Second Chance have beenappy that Meade wasn t running around in circles peeing on Brand Name Dates himself while pulling atis beard and yelling Lee Lee Lee in a Confectionately Yours Collection (Confectionately Yours, high pitched voice Because that isow I would ve reacted This is a big book on a single battle and it does an admirable job thoroughly covering the subject This includes The Maiden Dinosaur helpfully setting the scene behind Lee s invasion Still so muchappened at Gettysburg that a lot of events get a short shrift For instance Chamberlain s famous defense of Little Round Top gets about a paragraph as does the charge of the 1st Minnesota George Custer s repulse of Stuart s cavalry which protected the Union rear is almost treated as an afterthought While regrettable this is also inevitable There is a triad to great Swing Trading with Oliver Velez Course Book with DVD history writing 1 scholarship 2 judgment and 3 literary merit Sears nails the first two though the third element isn t enough to push this book into greatnessIt s not that Sears is a bad writer Bad writing is unclear ungrammatical strained dull plodding lifeless That s not what I m talking aboutere Sears is an accessible writer Angus, Thongs And Full Frontal Snogging he is lucid inis explanations clear in is points and e makes deft use of primary accounts to add that firsthand presence to the story However The Emperor of Nihon-Ja (Rangers Apprentice, he doesn tave the narrative power of Shelby Foote or Bruce Catton Foote author of The Civil War A Narrative brought a novelists immediacy to Nora (Sunfire, his workowever Sam the Plumber his scholarship and objectivity left a lot to be desired Catton on the otherand to whom Sears as been compared and whom Sears worked with at American Heritage managed to combine analysis with great prose Sure there are times in is books when Catton gets carried away but if there is ever a time for Outside the Paint heightened rhetoric and soaring passages it is in a book about the Civil WarOf course I can t fault Sears for not being Foote or Catton A person s writing style is personal and you can t force or fake it Still I think there were some little things that Sears could ve done to makeis narrative lively For example during Sears description of the first day s fighting at Gettysburg Hoopers Pasture from Maine to Vermont he presents Union General Francis Barlow facing off with Confederat General Ewell Barlowad placed a battery of artillery on a small Historic Hahns Peak hill forming a salient This battery was commanded by nineteen year old Bayard Wilkeson Bayard s father a reporter was at Gettysburg covering the battle foris paper Sears writes that Bayard was killed and then includes a sad uote from Deathcaster (Shattered Realms, his father Thene moves right along This was a golden moment for Sears to bring a little intimacy to war Obviously Sears can t describe every death for a variety of reasons space limitations sheer Out of the Ashes (The Legacy Chronicles, horror and the fact that most men died alone and unsung However in Bayard s case we know the details ofis death and they are astounding Start with the fact that Bayard was nineteen I don t remember what I was doing at nineteen but I m pretty sure it involved Miller High Life and did not involve me commanding artillery Bayard was BITE (A Mate Of His Own hit in the leg by a cannon ball In responsee fitted imself with a tourniuet and amputated is own leg with a pocket knife Again Six-Moon Trail he was nineteen With a pocket knife Afterwarde was carried to an almshouse where Mustard Seed Magic he died Sears certainlyas the intellectual angles of Gettysburg covered However I truly think that the addition of a few umanizing details would ave given Sears Gettysburg a bit of the breath of life Still this is not a deal breaker It merely marks the difference between great and really really good I ve read a lot about Gettysburg and I ve walked the battlefield twice and still after reading this book I found myself learning new things and thinking critically about old things and seeing a different vision of the battle unspool in my Leftover Dead (Trailer Park Mystery, head And that s one of the endlessly fascinating things about Gettysburg Depending on the teller the story is always different Sears Study Of GettysburgThe Civil War particularly the Battle of Gettysburg retains itsold on the imagination of Americans We seek to understand our country by studying the events of these terrible but formative years The Civil War did indeed lead to a new birth of freedom in the United States We still struggle to understand and to develop the implications of this new birthStephen Sears is a distinguished military The Witches historian of the Civil War whoas written in this book an outstanding account of the pivotal battle of Gettysburg July 1 July 3 1863 This battle ended the Confederacy s seco I will finish down the road I am just behind with updating I think I see the value of Sears work He is not an exacting Splinter historian He is not an archive rat who will prove the precise location of a regiment in an obscure battle He alsoas defined bias aganist certain men who can seemingly do nothing right in this book Howard Slocum Pleasanton Kilpatrick etc He is also not a person to overturn the existing orthodoxy This does not mean Breed of Innocence (The Breed Chronicles he does notave original insights His take on Hooker is fresh and solid although some of Hooker s less savory actions are ignored e was the man who prodded Sickles and Butterfield to attack Meade However Sears writing is clear and evocative Although e concentrates on the actions of the commanders and Immortal Jellyfish his analysisere is usually fair California he will always make clear theellish nature of warfare For these reasons I see Afgantsy him as theeir to Bruce Catton and one of the best Civil War Distant Early Warning (Star Trek (Star Trek: S.C.E., historians out there This is an outstanding compilation on the Gettysburg campaign Iave read the Landscape Turned Red Chancellorsville and now Gettysburg I enjoyed every page of every book This book explains Lee s reason for the invasion of Pennsylvania first the Army of Northern Virginia needed food and supplies for their men and forage for their Somnium horses and secondly the South needed a victory to offset the pending loss of Vicksburg Lee believed reinforcing Vicksburg would do nothing than dilute the overall war effort Instead Lee proposed a 2nd invasion of the north to fight what Sears refers to as a strategically offensive campaign but tactically defensive battle Similar to Hooker s plan at Chancellorsville This was Lee s last chance to take the offensive Then why did Lee not fight the defensive battlee proposed Sears accuses Lee of being passive at Gettysburg He says the same about Lee s new Corp commander s AP Hill and Ewell Also Lee was left blind by Stuarts ride around the army of the Potomac It seems like the Union s cavalry coming of age thanks to men like Gregg Buford and George Armstrong Custer played a large part in leveling the playing field But the biggest factor may The Cronos Complex I have been The Army of Northern Virginia s overconfidence If you read Sear s Chancellorsville the Army of the Potomac with the exception of the 11th Corp was on par with the Army of Northern Virginia The only problem Iad with this book is that it ad to end Read the book You ll love it. In is first week of army command and General Lee's role in the agonizing failure of the Confederate army With characteristic style and insight Sears brings the epic tale of the battle in Pennsylvania vividly to life.

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A very detailed account of the battle If you want a blow by blow person by person narrative this is it Well written I found the politicking of the generals interesting Some things never change Despite the fact it s life and death for the common soldier many generals still are interested in their careerThe dry narrative Maid of Dishonor (The Wedding Season, hides theorror of this kind of battle the bodies torn and destroyedI used this book as a reference for my Gettysburg mission in Independence Day Time Patrol Independence Day because I needed to know why the Union didn t counter attack on the 4th of July The day after Pickett s Charge Lincoln was certainly pushing for it I agree with the author and with General Meade though that an attack on Lee s forces on Seminary Ridge would Dem Nordpol am nächsten have been a disaster Certainly Meade couldave pursued Lee uickly after that but it s easy to critiue in Heart Beat hindsight What s amazing is that Meade won despiteaving been in command less than a weekI also found it interesting that Lee could never really admit that The Site Book he made a mistake note 3rd preferring instead to lay the blame on the execution not the orders I was visiting Gettysburg the weekend I started reading this book and brought the book along as my textbook I ve read other books about Gettysburg but I understand this is an especially good overview of the battle During the weekend I was in Gettysburg I got to see the monument that commemorates the first shot fired at Gettysburg It s easy to miss because it s uite small and until recently was on private land The Park Service recently purchased the The Devils Possession house and property on which the monument stands It was farther west of Gettysburg than Iad anticipated I didn t realize that the Union s initial position began three ridges out from Seminary Ridge I Betraying Beauty (Vegas Titans, highly recommendiring a licensed tour guide at the visitors center when you visit the battlefield If you do and focus on a day of the battle at a time the guide will share uirky little tidbits about the battlefield that most people miss I spent my time on the first day of the battle July 1 1863 during my visit but ended my visit there by watching the sunset from Little Round Top I Vrolok have another trip to Gettysburg coming up in November and am going to set this book aside until I get closer to that visit An excellent book about the most famous battle of the Civil War Sears does a great job of covering every last bit of the battle in depth He includes the lead up to the battle with Lee s initial discussions with Jefferson Davis about invading Pennsylvania and the fallout from Chancellorsville in Hooker s army which eventually leads to Hooker s resignation and replacement by Meade whene is in the midst of chasing the Rebel armyThe book paints uite an interesting picture of the suabbling and failings of the Confederate commanders at Gettysburg while being favorable to Meade than 僕の愛を知れ! [Boku no Ai o Shire!] historyas sometimes beenI thought one of the most interesting tidbits was Pickett s Charge The Boy Who Would Not Say His Name had precedent to work 4 years earlier the Frenchad broken the Austrian center with an intense artillery bombardment followed by an infantry assaultEven the 3rd day fighting at East Cavalry Field gets a fair shake while Sears doesn t put forth the master plan suggested in Lost Triumph it does suggest Stuart was indeed trying to access the Union rear some Job-Hunting for the So-Called Handicapped historiansave blown the whole thing off and suggested Stuart was merely covering the Confederate flank with no larger intentionsSuperb book I m going to be reading of Sears worksEDITI originally read this book in 2009 after visiting the Gettysburg battlefield It started a great deal of reading on my part about the Civil War and a return to college where I completed a History BA Now in 2013 after reading Gettysburg A Testing of Courage I decieded to reread this book to compare and see if my opinion of it The Hunger Within had changed While I found a few points to nitpick and few typos on this second reading my overall opinionas not changed I still think this is an outstanding book He may be a little less entertaining than Trudeau but Sears is still a great writer and this book is Between Two Skies has insight and information than its peer The author s best work probably the best single volume on the battle and still one of my favoriteistory books ever Highest recommendation Very solid very thorough recounting of this key battle including the immediate lead up and aftermath While there is a tremendous amount of they went Witch-Hunting in Seventeenth-Century New England here and did this it doesn t generally get bogged down A few illustrationsbattle maps wouldave been Nude Girls Photography Presents Ass Pussy From Behind - Compilation Vol. 5 helpful but most readers should be able to follow the flow of battle in theiread The book dealt a lot with the personalities interactions and foibles of the men who led the troops If you want a soldier s viewperspective you won t get that The Dolce Diet here but theigh level interactions were really interesting and added a lot of context and so that s why to Brave Enough historical events that I previously knew about but couldn t really put in context As for the accuracy I can t really say I m just not enough of a Civil War buff to say whether the author s explanations forowwhy things Spunk happen fit the current consensus I can say that the book isighly critical of Lee though in a forgiving The Kafka of 238th Street how couldewhy would The Letters to the Thessalonians he make these mistakes and certainlyighly critical of other generals on both sides If there s a main weakness it s that the author focused on personalty and personal interactions at the cost of some discussion of strategy and background information If you don t know about Civil War era weapons tactics euipment etc well you won t after reading this either It s not a major flaw in the realm of no authorbook can cover everything but that may be a meaningful omission to some readers who don t know as much about that era I am going to Gettysburg this autumn and plan to read or re read several of the most authoratative books of the battle Sear s as written an excellent and gripping chronicle of the battle and the military and political context around it His source material for the military intelligence and command decisions of Army of the Potomac is excellent On the other and there is not any new insight or perspective on the reasons for the most controversial actions of Lee s army Lots of speculation and references to accounts written years later but Geheimes Verlangen (Shades of Grey, he did not take a position on some of the enduringly perplexing actions taken by Lee oris commanding generals Nevertheless a superb book Young Lieutenant Alonzo Cushing graduated early from West Point in 1861 to meet the need for educated soldiers kept Ivory (The Ivory Saga his guns firing steadily despite grievous losses among the crews He was as cool and calm as I ever sawim recalled one of Never Go Back (Jack Reacher, his men talking to the boys between shots with the glass constantly tois eyes watching the effect of our shots But so many gunners were down that Cushing too The Temple of Death had to call on infantrymen toelp man the guns John Gibbon saw three of Cushing s limber chests blow up at once sending up a Venus Blueprint huge column of smoke and fire and triggering triumphant yells of the enemy Finally only two of Cushing s 3 inch Ordinance rifles were still serviceable A shell fragment eviscerated one of the infantry volunteers who pleaded for someone to putim out of Shame On Her Volume 3 his agony When no onead nerve enough Bisk CPA Review he pulled out A masterful single volumeistory of the Civil War's greatest campaign Drawing on original source material from soldiers' letters to official military records of the war Stephen W Sears's Gettysburg is a remarkable an.

Pistol and ended the agony A Crazy Kind of Love himself Presently Cushing was painfully wounded in the shoulder and groin but stayed atis post His sergeant urged The Medieval Forest him to go to the rear No Cushing said I stay rightere and fight it out or die in the attempt Stephen Sears Gettysburg Gettysburg is the most famous battle in United States The Road Beyond Ruin history and among the deadliest It s one of those rare events easily identifiable as a pivot inistory Had the Union lost at Gettysburg shortly after a crushing defeat at Chancellorsville there s no telling what might Backlash haveappened Even if a Union defeat didn t lead immediately to collapse it certainly would ve changed the details of the eventual outcome Militarily the Union was still in a strong position but politically it s Bloody Bones (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, harder to say An easy way to go cross eyed is to start imagining the accumulation of the terrible ifs We can at least say with certainty that the Union victory changed the tenor of the Civil War After Gettysburg General Robert E Lee never took the offensive again oncee got knocked back on Bloody Bones (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, hiseels the war became a mathematical process of elimination With General Ulysses Grant as the visiting professor the man who fully understood what must be done and the man who In Defense of Food had the extraordinary self confidence to do it The outlines of the battle are well known Following Chancellorsville General Lee disengaged from the Army of the Potomac and moved north through Maryland and Pennsylvania using the mountains to screenis movements He intended to draw the Army of the Potomac into battle at a place of is choosing The Army of the Potomac Joe Hooker commanding soon to be replaced by George Meade gave chase taking care to keep between Lee and Washington The Union moved surprisingly fast all the surprising to Lee because is cavalry under JEB Stuart was too busy circling the Yankees to send back reports On July 1 1863 elements of AP Hill s Corps under Harry Heth moved into Gettysburg on a reconnaissance mission and also to find shoes Heth was under orders not to bring about a general engagement Black and White however whene ran into John Buford s cavalry brigades The Color of Water he mistook them for local militia and attacked Bufordeld the کسی به سرهنگ نامه نمی‌نویسد high ground to the west of Gettysburg untile was reinforced by John Reynolds First Corps The Confederates brought up reinforcements as well and the battle was joined When Richard Ewell s Confederate corps attacked from the north the Union lines broke Retreating back through town the Union army took up positions along a line of Cake Pops hills in the shape of a fishhook anchored by Round Top and Little Round Top on the south and Culp s Hill to the north Ignoring the advice ofis lieutenant James Longstreet Lee decided to press Brave New World his gains at Gettysburg On the second daye launched attacks against the Union right and left flanks Due to Union General Dan Sickle s criminal mishandling of The Name of the Rose his corps the Union left nearly broke It took a Yankee engineer Gouverneur Warren two amateur officers Strong Vincent and Joshua Chamberlain and one undersized regiment turned sacrificial lamb the 1st Minnesota to save the day But by nightfall both flankseld On the third day was Pickett s Charge and the Confederate igh tide This is well worn ground So why does Sears Gettysburg stand out Simply put it is a masterwork of istorical research Sears Memories of My Melancholy Whores has synthesized all the available scholarship from the official records to diaries of private soldiers and molded it into a readable engaging tale Heas added to that Pakistan his own reasoned judgments and sharp analysis Mostistory books will tell you what Pitch Dark happened orow fewer attempt to explain why Decisions are not made in a vacuum Very few people intentionally set out to make the wrong choice Instead decisions are pulled from a dense tangled web that includes current knowledge which might be faulty past Dont Forget Your Spacesuit, Dear history and personality Sears fully recognizes thatuman reality When say General Lee or General Ewell or even that dope General Sickles makes a decision that is clearly wrong in indsight Sears explains why that particular road was taken Sears knows that we are all Civil War generals included constantly rationalizing our actions In the end a disaster is often a string of seemingly logical decisions that end in a eap There are a lot of blunders in war and Gettysburg was no exception Sears excels at showing the reasoned thought processes that led to those blunders Again none of these generals was trying to throw the battle as the result of a bet or dare He is relatively soft on the performance of General Lee who is generally indicted for The Green Pharmacy his overconfidence He showsow Lee s boldness Deadly Slumber - Demon Tales his aggressiveness actually made sense Lee after all was fresh offis crowning victory over Hooker at Chancellorsville Today many Atomic Ghost historians will tell you that Lee should ve followed Longstreet s advice and tried going around the Yankee army That ignores the fact that Lee very nearly won at Gettysburg and thatis tactics were generally sound though Lightning Strike Twice his inability to write clear orders nicely prefigures this age of misconstrued emails The most surprising thing about Sears Gettysburg is its elevation of Union commander George Gordon Meade In the years following the Civil War the political and military acolytes of the deposed Joe Hooker took turns trashing Meade s reputation Meade wasn telped by an oddly ungrateful Abraham Lincoln who kept barking at Meade to follow up The Purple Island his victory and destroy Lee s army which is uite unfair Meadead been in The Last Odd Day his job a week Lateristories Lord Lightning (Astrology, have followed this early lead attributing the Union victory to Lee s mistakes or to a lesser extent the vitality of certain Yankee commanders such as Buford and Winfield Scott Hancock Heck if you watch the film Gettysburg based on Michael Schaara s The Killer Angels Meade is barely to be found In a movie that is over fourours long Meade is only on screen for five minutes and in that time Wildwing he is portrayed as a doddering old man who looks likee s just walked over Londons Perfect Scoundrel his own grave Sears tries to life Meade s reputation up to wheree thinks it belongs He demonstrates that Meade took an incredibly active part in the defense of Gettysburg More than that The Bucolic Plague he was able to effectively counter all of Lee s aggressive movements by adroit shifting ofis men along the line He was also able to delegate local command to worthy subordinates such as John Reynolds killed on the first day and Hancock who Harvest held Cemetery Ridge Finally Meade was canny enough to know that not only was Lee going to attack on July 3 but also exactly where that attack was coming So much credit is given to Lee s ability to gaugeis opponents which allowed Three French Hens him to useis aggressiveness against passive foes such as George McClellan and Joe Hooker Here Meade used The Novice his knowledge of Lee s aggressiveness to draw Lee into the center ofis lines where Ice Creams at Carringtons his artillery chewed Pickett s division into bloody bits Sears goes on to show that Meade s pursuit of Lee while not as swift as possible or as swift as necessary to do the job was probably the best that could be asked for under the circumstances especially since Lee was begging for a fight where the Union army attackedis entrenchments Again there is a very The Predictions human psychology at playere and Sears does not neglect this Meade Rousseaus Dog had only been in. D dramatic account of the legendary campaign He takes particular care inis study of the battle's leaders and offers detailed analyses of their strategies and tactics depicting both General Meade's eroic performance.

Stephen Ward Sears is an American historian specializing in the American Civil WarA graduate of Lakewood High School and Oberlin College Sears attended a journalism seminar at Radcliffe Harvard As an author he has concentrated on the military history of the American Civil War primarily the battles and leaders of the Army of the Potomac He was employed as editor of the Educational Department a