Monday, July 1, 2013

"A new birth of freedom": remembering Gettysburg

"from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they here, gave the last full measure of devotion"
Confederate prisoners at Gettysburg
Today is the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. The Civil War's bloodiest conflict (with total casualties numbering more than 50,000 over the three days), it was the engagement that turned the tide of the war.
Because our customers have a keen interest in history, we are always on the lookout for quality titles. The purview of our current offerings on the Civil War includes African American voices, the involvement of poet Walt Whitman, the haunting photographs of Mathew Brady [right], a "moral history," the explosion and wreck of the Mississippi riverboat Sultana ("the worst maritime disaster in American history"), A Military and Political History, 1861-1865, the Alabama and British neutrality, Great Britain and the Confederate Navy, 1861-1865, "Voices from the Gathering Storm," Year of Meteors: Stephen Douglas, Abraham Lincoln, and the Election That Brought On the Civil War (which relates directly to the Spielberg film Lincoln), the story of Pryce Lewis, the war's most daring spy, The Last Confederate General: John C. Vaughn and His East Tennessee Cavalry, the march by General Jo Shelby (the "last holdout of the Confederacy"), Douglass and Lincoln: How a Revolutionary Black Leader and a Reluctant Liberator Struggled to End Slavery and Save the Union, Army of the Potomac: McClellan's First Campaign, March-May 1862, Abraham Lincoln: His Life and Times: An Illustrated History, a novel about medical angel of mercy Mary Sutter, The March—E. L. Doctorow's novelization of William Tecumseh Sherman's 1864 progress through Georgia and the Carolinas, Robert E. Lee: A Life by Roy Blount Jr., and Listen to the Mockingbird: American Folksongs and Popular Music Lyrics of the 19th Century.

General William Tecumseh Sherman on Horseback by Mathew Brady
Union Army Encampment Outside Petersburg, Virginia, c. 1864


  1. I grew up just north of Gettysburg, and have spent much time wandering the battlefield. Two guys named George often are overlooked for their contributions to the Union victory: George Armstrong Custer, in what I like to call his 'next-to-last stand,' and the commander of the winning side, George Gordon Meade.

    1. thanks for the gloss. Wandering the fields must be an eerie experience.