Hallowed Ground: A Walk at Gettysburg (Crown Journeys)

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McPherson – Jobs-in-kingston.co.uk Enjoy this fully illustrated edition of Hallowed Ground by James M McPherson one of today's greatest Civil War historiansJames M McPherson the Pulitzer Prizeâwinning author of Battle Cry of Freedom a Enjoy this A Walk PDF Í fully illustrated edition of Hallowed Ground by James M McPherson one of today's greatest Civil War historiansJames M McPherson the Pulitzer Prizeâwinning author of Battle Cry of Freedom and Hallowed Ground: eBook ß arguably the finest Civil War historian in the world walks readers through the Gettysburg battlefieldâthe site of the most conseuential battle of the Civil WarMcPherson makes stops at Seminary Ridge the Peach Ground: A Walk eBook ☆ Orchard Cemetery Hill and Little Round Top as well as other key locations He reflects on the meaning of the battle colorfully describes the events of those terrible three days in July and places the battle and war in the greater context of American and world history Along the way he provides stories of his own encounters with the place and debunks several popular mythsThis is the first illustrated version of this groundbreaking and important book and includes vintage photographs memorabilia and maps as well as full color photography of the battlefields and historical landmarks as they stand today Sidebars written by contemporary soldiers statesmen and women of the day as well as pieces by some of today's best known historians and writers add context to this engaging and popular book. Hallowed Ground A Walk at Gettysburg Three Days in July More than any other place in the United States this battlefield is indeed hallowed ground Perhaps no word in the American language has greater historical resonance than Gettysburg For some people Lexington and Concord or Bunker Hill or Yorktown or Omaha Beach would be close rivals But Americans visit Gettysburg each year than any of these other battlefields perhaps than all of them combined Although I was born in Alabama and live here still I revere Abraham Lincoln My first job was as a sign painter for outdoor advertising It was a tough job putting up metal paneled billboards I was in high school With my first paycheck I bought a bust of Abraham Lincoln I've had it ever since This is the 150th Anniversary of the battle of Gettysburg Three days in July; the first second and third There is irony that the greatest battle on American soil ended one day before Independence Day Or perhaps there is no irony in it at all For the end result was that this struggle marked the great turning point in the American Civil War that led us to be one nation united and we celebrate the Fourth of July as Americans one and allJames M McPherson the Pulitzer Prize winning author of Battle Cry of Freedom The Civil War Era has written a small gem of a book that captures personalities of the key commanders and the essential strategies and tactics of each of those three days in a mere one hundred forty one pages McPherson includes critical maps documenting each day's actions Author James M McPhersonI will be making my second pilgrimage to Gettysburg this next week I too consider it hallowed ground My traveling companion will be Ritchie Tipton of whom I have written in a number of other reviews We each began our careers as Assistant District Attorneys It will be his first trip to this little Pennsylvania town We will be two of the estimated seventy thousand people that will swell the population of this normally uiet little townWe will stay at an Inn originally built in 1812 It as did every other home in the surrounding countryside served as a hospital during and after the battle Today the Inn sits on land aside what has been renamed Hospital Road We were fortunate to obtain a room with two twin beds each with a night stand for our respective C Pap machines as neither of us has ever been able to kick the vice of smoking nor missed the opportunity for a fine mealI called Ritchie last Sunday Mr Tipton what are you doing? He growled through the phone Well Mr Sullivan I'm reading Stars in Their Courses The Gettysburg Campaign June July 1963 by Mr Shelby FooteKnown for his colorful language Ritchie continuedIt appears to me this was a real cluster f Ewell and Lee are coming in from the North and Meade is coming in from the SouthWhile not uite as colorful in his exposition McPherson essentially agrees with my astute friend Neither Lee nor Meade chose Gettysburg as the location where their forces would collideGeneral Lee had obtained Jefferson Davis' permission for an invasion of the North following his decisive victory at Chancellorsville The target was not Gettysburg but Harrisburg Lee divided his forces and sent General Richard S Ewell to the banks of the Susuehanna River with orders to seize the town The seizure of Harrisburg would open up the road to Philadelphia A victory in Pennsylvania would stir up the Copperhead Democrats in Congress causing Lincoln to sue for peace and the South would win its independence Robert E LeeBut victory at Chancellorsville had been costly Stonewall Jackson had been severely wounded by friendly fire and died of pneumonia on May 10 1863 leaving Pete Longstreet as Lee's Field Commander in the upcoming invasion James Longstreet Old PeteChancellorsville also brought about a change in command of the Army of the Potomac Lincoln accepted Joe Hooker's resignation after Hooker expressed dismay over being denied further reinforcements In his place Lincoln elevated a surprised and reluctant George Meade as yet another commander of the Army of the Potomac George MeadeLee left a sufficient number of troops in Fredericksburg Virginia to disguise his movement to the North Jeb Stuart Lee's most renowned Cavalry Commander was to serve as his eyes and to notify Lee of any Federal movement from Fredericksburg Jeb Stuart the man who left Lee in the darkLee would move North hidden by the mountains of the Sheandoah particularly South Mountain Stuart would proceed parallel to Lee also West of South MountainBut Stuart had suffered a stinging defeat at the largest cavalry engagement of the Civil War at the battle of Brandy Station Stuart asked Lee's permission to swing East of South Mountain Lee mistakenly gave Stuart permission to do so provided he stayed in constant contact through courier and could connect with Lee's army whenever neededStuart ran into the rear of the Army of the Potomac However he was cut off by the rapidly moving Union forces No courier could get through nor could he move his cavalry back across South Mountain Stuart's apparent attempt to overcome his embarrassment at Brandy Station would leave Lee blindOnly word from a civilian spy informed Lee of the oncoming Union advance Lee sent couriers recalling Ewell from Harrisburg He then selected Gettysburg as a gathering place for his divided forcesHowever on July 1 Union forces already occupied Gettysburg John Buford the cavalry commander who had defeated Stuart at Brandy Station was there Buford seeing the oncoming Confederate forces sent couriers telling forces of the Army of the Potomac to come with all haste Buford's men were euipped with Sharps Carbines which allowed them to fire three times as fast as Confederate infantry euipped with rifled muskets John Buford the man who really chose the ground for battleNevertheless the overwhelming tide of Confederate forces took the day and the town of Gettysburg Union forces retreated to Cemetery Hill Lee told Ewell to take the hill if practicable With daylight waning Ewell decided it wasn't practicable The harsh fact is if Lee wanted the hill taken he was the commanding general and should have ordered it Richard Ewell allowed Union forces to occupy the high groundJuly 2 saw attempts by Lee's forces to attack both the Union left and right flanks Ewell's men were on the right at Culp's Hill Longstreet was on the left where fierce fighting occurred in the wheat field the peach orchard Devil's Den and finally the assault on Little Round Top the spot immortalized in The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara which also made Bowdoin College Professor Joshua Chamberlain one of the singular heroes of Gettysburg Joshua Chamberlain who held the Union leftMcPherson clearly points out that Chamberlain was not the only hero that prevented a Union rout He tells of the importance of the fighting at Culp's Hill where Colonel David Ireland had built two sets of defenses the second a wooden wall higher up Culp's Hill The wall proved to be the saving grace on the right flank Neither flank was turned McPherson gives Chamberlain his due but also openly points to Chamberlain's detractors who claimed perhaps accurately Chamberlain had a flair for self promotion Daniel Ireland unsung hero?Then inevitably we come to July 3 and what is popularly known as Pickett's Charge Actually the men of Generals Trimble and Pettigrew were part of the mile long line of men Longstreet bordered on insubordination telling Lee that no fifteen thousand men could take the Union center a mile away over open ground urging him to move to the right choose his own ground and make Meade attack him Lee refused to listen insisting that the Union center had been weakened by reinforcements to the right and left flanks on the heights The Confederate view of the Union center a mile across open groundThe assault was to begin following an hour and a half artillery barrage under the command of Edwin Alexander Porter whose skills in that capacity had established his reputation in previous engagements However Porter's barrage was ineffective with most of his shells exploding behind the enemy lines McPherson points out that Porter was dealing with ammunition manufactured at armories other than Richmond and that the fuses of the shells used on July 3 burned slowly Alexander never knew of the inaccuracy of his shelling because of the smoke that covered the fieldIt was a slaughterIt is impossible to appreciate what occurred at Gettysburg without walking the ground And during that walk you must consider that this ground served as a battlefield for 165000 soldiers 75000 Confederate and 90000 Union Of those 11000 were killed or died of their wounds 29000 were wounded but survived 10000 were simply missing in most cases captured These 50000 casualties were ten times those suffered on June 6 1944 during D DayI have told my neighbor my former Psychology Professor originally from Cleveland Ohio of my upcoming trip He gave me a curious look I have never understood why Southerners continue to want to fight the Civil War I could only tell him It is not because I was born in the South It is a reminder of why we are all Americans You have to go to understand itThere are than 1400 monuments at Gettysburg They have been erected by states and by members of the regiments who fought there I have seen each one I have walked marched double timed and charged across that open field towards a copse of trees that formed the Union center on a hot July 3 at the precise hour of the final charge I have wondered at courage in the face of futility It still has the ability to make me shiverShould you make a trip to Gettysburg I recommend you read McPherson's book Take it with you And if you wonder how men could fight so hard and so courageously I recommend For Cause and Comrades Why Men Fought in the Civil War also by James M McPherson Lincoln at Gettysburg November 19 1863 Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation conceived in Liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created eualNow we are engaged in a great civil war testing whether that nation or any nation so conceived and so dedicated can long endure We are met on a great battle field of that war We have come to dedicate a portion of that field as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do thisBut in a larger sense we can not dedicate we can not consecrate we can not hallow this ground The brave men living and dead who struggled here have consecrated it far above our poor power to add or detract The world will little note nor long remember what we say here but it can never forget what they did here It is for us the living rather to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain that this nation under God shall have a new birth of freedom and that government of the people by the people for the people shall not perish from the earth A Walk Through GettysburgJames McPherson America's leading Civil War historian is an ideal guide to the Gettysburg Battlefield In his short elouent book Hallowed Ground it is almost as if Professor McPherson is at the reader's side accompanying the reader as a guide to the great battle that took place from July 1 July 3 1863McPherson is an ideal guide for many reasons Most importantly he is reflective His focus is on the meaning and significance of the Battle rather than on bare fact or on a strict discussion of detailed military maneuvers McPherson sees the Battle and the Civil War in general as a conflict driven by the institution of slavery He reminds the reader of the New Birth of Freedom that President Lincoln saw as the meaning of the conflict in his Gettysburg Address McPherson is alive to other meanings of the struggle including the role it played in forging an American nationalism and including as well the valor shown and the sacrifices endured by the many who fought at Gettysburg from the Union and from the Confederacy The reader comes away from the book encouraged to think through the meaning of the Battle This would be the best result that could be achieved from a book about Gettysburg or from a visit to the BattlefieldProfessor McPherson is also an ideal guide because he resists the temptation to say too much Several recent books such as those by Stephen Sears and Noah Trudeau offer outstanding accounts of the fighting at Gettysburg its prelude and its aftermath Professor McPherson's book in contrast is not a detailed military study of the campaign Rather he gives the reader short summaries of the fighting on each of the three days of the battle What he says is lucid and cuts to the heart of the battle It is what a person seeing the Battlefield would need to know and what the visitor could reasonably hope to absorb in a single visit without becoming bogged down in a welter of detail The detail of course is necessary for those wishing to study the battle in depthMcPherson is also an ideal guide because of his sense of place at the Battlefield McPherson tells the reader that he has seen the Battlefield by walking biking car and bus He has brought his classes from Princeton as well as other groups to see the Battlefield and to think about the role of the Battle of Gettysburg and the Civil War in American History McPherson's account emphasizes the physical features of the battlefield where the trees and orchards were in 1863 and where the land now differs from its topography at the time of the battle He is full of anecdotes about people of the Battle of great rank and of low rank and of civilians He has wonderfully specific information about the many monuments and statutes that await the visitor at Gettysburg and that memorialize the events of the Battle He is also full of challenging uestions and of answers that may surprise For example is there any significance to whether a horse is standing on two legs in determining whether its rider survived the battle? see p 40 Who is the only enlisted soldier with his own monument on the battlefield and why? see p53 Also Did the Battle of Gettysburg result from an advance Confederate brigade entering Gettysburg in search of shoes? see p35 36 McPherson's avoids pat answers to these and many other uestionsThis book is a meditation on the Battle of Gettysburg by a writer who has thought long and deeply about his subject It will move the reader and increase the reader's ability to reflect upon our historyRobin Friedman Hallowed Ground A Walk at Gettysburg is about how the armies didn't want to fight at Gettysburg but went union soldiers saw confederate soldiers coming closer they stared to fire at them It talked about where all the monuments are in Gettysburg In the book it said what fights were won and what fights were lost It said so of the tactics and attack formations I thought that the book was good but could be a little better at some parts in the end I would recommend it to my friends As a result of reading uite a few books by the author 1 I have come to the understanding that James McPherson writes a great deal of short and topical books on various Civil War matters and many of them are filled with a certain sense of wit as well as a highly critical attitude towards what he views as particularly poor historiography Those tendencies are all in full evidence here and this is a book that has a particularly narrow scope but one that handles that scope particularly well and with a sense of savage wit that I can only appreciate and enjoy given my own Whether or not you like this book will depend on how you feel about the importance of the Battle of Gettysburg and efforts to preserve the truths of that battle in history and memory If you have a vested interest and a concern in the Battle of Gettysburg and have or want to travel there this is a very enjoyable book If you have little interest in the Civil War and in Gettysburg in particular you are not really going to get a lot out of this short volumeIn about 140 pages or so James McPherson deals with the Battle of Gettysburg and tourism on that in a very straightforward fashion After a prologue discussing the terrain and transportation nature of Gettysburg that made it a battlefield the author discusses the three days of Gettysburg and the aftermath of the battle in turn giving a look at the battlefield as it now is and giving the routes to various places where fighting appeared a discussion of unit monuments and the controversies involving them especially among partisans of the South and even a discussion on the symbolism of euestrian statues After this the author includes the text of Lincoln's famous Gettysburg Address and the text itself makes reference to the address on at least a few occasions Despite its brevity the book does manage to have a lot to offer including some comments about the problems of worldview and politics when it comes to history McPherson is particularly critical about the neo Confederate perspective as well as national reconciliation that avoids the importance of freedom to the Civil War narrative None of these matters ought to be a surprise from someone who knows the author's perspective and backgroundThere are a few readers who will get a lot out of this book For example this is the sort of book that would be extremely useful for someone on a tour of the battlefield especially someone who was looking at the battlefield on their own I would not be surprised if this book was sold in many of the shops and various tourist traps around Gettysburg I cannot remember seeing this book on such an occasion myself but it has been a long time since I visited the town so it is possible that this book does have a place of honor and a great deal of sales to what would be its ideal targeted audience For those readers who are far away from the fields and woods of Gettysburg and from its distinctive hills and ridges the book can give one a mental picture and has some worthwhile maps that show the three days of the battle and text that discusses some of the neglected parts of the battle like the Union defense of Culp's Hill as well as the Cavalry action of July 3 1863 This book is certainly small and than a little bit fierce but it is also a minor classic in its own biting and witty way1 See for example Premier Civil War historian takes a walk at Gettysburg's three days Great summary review of Gettysburg that can be read in one sitting Discussing the pivotal battle of the Civil War he hits the high points and key movements I liked that he relates the events of the battle to actual locations today I wish he had talked about the evolution of the battlefield over time and the ways people have related to it James McPherson has done it again just when I think that there is nothing to be said about the battle of Gettysburg he goes ahead and proves me wrong Hallowed Ground A Walk at Gettysburg is not intended to provide a thorough examination of this penultimate Civil War battle instead it serves as historical guidebook While taking readers on a tour of the Gettysburg National Park as well as areas of the town itself McPherson provides the history of those sites detailing the events that transpired on this ground the leaders the ordinary participants the fighting and the outcome It is helped in this by being presented in chronological order from the first shot fired by a Union infantryman at a Confederate through the near disaster due to General Sickles' mistake and the fierce battle for Little Round Top down to Meade's decision not to attack the Confederates on 4 July 1863 In addition McPherson's way with words and his ability to make fascinating events all the fascinating and compelling leads to the success of this historical Guidebook bringing even me to tears at several pointsHallowed Ground A Walk at Gettysburg is an excellent read I would recommend it enthusiastically for readers who are only familiar with the basics of the battle of Gettysburg and wish to learn as a good place to start their exploration I would also recommend it for even the most knowledgeable researcher for the new light being shed on very old events ones which should not be forgotten And thanks to James McPherson they never will be McPherson has a very natural comfortable writing style and can evoke small anecdotal moments that can be clearly seen in the mind's eye as well as he can explain strategies and tactics of battle The book has just the proper length depth and tone and offers simple illustrative maps to help us picture the layout each day of the battle I was surprised and amused by his sense of humor with the exception at the very end regarding the appearance of rain after battles that seemed to misfire as a fitting conclusion to the book prior to the epilogueI have been to Gettysburg twice and would welcome the opportunity to walk again the hallowed ground only this time outfitted with his insightful useful little guide Author Civil War scholar and Princeton history professor James M McPherson is your guide for a tour of the Gettysburg battlefield The book and the tour are arranged chronologically as you read about and visit sites important to each of the three days of the July 1863 battle I read the illustrated edition which is enhanced with beautiful and sometimes harrowing pictures of places and people involved in the conflict The story of the fighting is interspersed with first person accounts and reports from commanders to their superiors bringing a different perspective from that of the historian This hardcover book might be a little cumbersome to tote along on a battlefield tour but it's so comprehensive and well written that it would still be worth having it to follow

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  • Hardcover
  • 224 pages
  • Hallowed Ground: A Walk at Gettysburg (Crown Journeys)
  • James M. McPherson
  • 15 April 2016
  • 9780760347768