Every few months it seems that publishers release ever more detailed accounts of single day's or even a single hour's battle at Gettysburg. It is an exceedingly pleasant duty, therefore, to welcome an extremely well-written over-view of what is a very complicated battle. Mr Bicheno is to be congratulated in compressing an amazing amount of detail and anecdote into 200 pages of text, and yet making the project very readable. The action on the battlefield is explained in detail but without fuss and separate chapters cover separate areas of the battlefield. The appendices must be seen to appreciate the amount of useful information there (Regimental commanders and losses at both Gettysburg and Chancellorsville, etc.). Throughout the book there are very well chosen photographs and, in addition, the computer-generated three-dimensional maps are an object lesson in clarity, each with its own explanatory key. For anyone interested in Gettysburg or the American Civil War generally, this book cannot be recommended too highly.
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