Gettysburg: The Last Invasion



I picked this book up as it is the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. I have a great deal about the Civil War and the Battle of Gettysburg in particular.

 Allen C. Guelzo

I enjoyed this book by Allen C. Guelzo immensely. Guelzo is the Henry R. Luce Professor of the Civil War Era and Director of Civil War Era Studies at Gettysburg College.

It is well written and documented with lots of new information that was very interesting. What I enjoyed most was the debunking of several of the myths about the battle that have evolved over the years through extensive research. The author presents hard evidence to get to the truth of claims made by individuals who fought in the battle and went on to a political career. He also does the same for stories told by front line soldiers who folded several eye witness reports into their own personal witness story of the battle.

Examples of the above are the importance of the roles of Joshua Chamberlain, J.E.B. Stuart, James Longstreet, Robert E. Lee and George Meade over the course of the days leading up to the fight, the three days of conflict and the aftermath.

The detail and insight that the author provides reflects his passion for the Battle of Gettysburg. He talks about the role of some of the lesser known individuals involved in the conflict. Among them are Strong Vincent, Dorsey Pender, Isaac Trimble, James Walton and Alex Hays.

I strongly recommend this book for anyone who is interested in the Civil War and in particular, the Battle of Gettysburg. It is an entertaining and riveting read.


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4 Responses to Gettysburg: The Last Invasion

  1. It’s helpful to know about Guelzo’s book. I have followed the battle through the unpublished memoir of my great-grandfather Lt. William C. Cherry, who fought in Doles’s Brigade on the first day. The battle feels different at brigade level. Bill Pannill

    • caseywheeler says:

      Thanks for sharing Bill. Dole’s Brigade has several mentions in the First Day section of the book. Unfortunately, your great-grandfather is not mentioned.

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  3. caseywheeler says:

    Thanks for sharing.

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