Coddington has become the standard comprehensive work on the battle. There are far, far better accounts, but they focus on specific events or aspects, Pfanz' works come to mind. This is the standard Yankee mythological version, ironically based on the "Lost Cause" proponents' vision of the battle. The most important events of the battle were the second day attacks, and, though disjointed, these attacks broke the Yankee line. Had the successes been followed up, history might be written with a different accent. Coddington dismisses the successes of the 2nd Day and focusses on the myth of "Pickett's Charge" as the decisive event. It was hardly Pickett's, as the minority of the troops were his, and it was foolish and futile, something the Virginia mythologists are loathe to admit. The War was neither lost nor won at Gettysburg, but the Yankees could take comfort in the fact that they, for once, did not run, and that the ANV,for once, was not invincible. Any Southerner whose family was in the path of the Yankee Vandals as they invaded The South is permitted a wry chuckle as Coddington rises to high dudgeon over Confederate depradations. Why, the Confederates even burnt fence rails and tore up railroad tracks. Unfortunately, this is the only comprehensive report of the battle. A serious researcher would use many other sources.