Analysis & Alternatives

By Chris Perello


The American Civil War battle of Gettysburg was fought over the first three days of July 1863 near the eponymous town, a crossroads in south-central Pennsylvania. Union forces held off or smashed repeated Confederate assaults in bursts of intense fighting separated by long pauses, after which the Confederates retreated.

The battle is a rarity in military history, being an event recognized, and often understood in great detail, even by those with only a passing knowledge of the war. It is easily the most famous battle of the conflict, some of its incidents—the 20 Maine’s defense of Little Round Top and Pickett’s Charge among them—achieving near-legendary status among Civil War aficionados and the general public alike.

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Gettysburg: High Tide or Desperate Gamble?

Gettysburg (1-3 July 1863) has achieved near-legendary status among Civil War aficionado and non-history buff alike. The story covers  not three days but three months, involving decision-making at the highest governmental levels as well as action by quick-thinking individuals on the battlefield. Christopher Perello takes another plunge into these deep waters, examining how the campaign and battle came about, how they progressed as they did, and how one or both might have turned out differently.

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