Saturday, April 2, 2016

Another field guide from Reardon & Vossler

I wasn't in the market for yet another Gettysburg guidebook when I read Carol Reardon and Tom Vossler's A Field Guide to Gettysburg: Experiencing the Battlefield through Its History, Places, and People (2013) but I love these kinds of things and ended up being quite impressed with the resulting text, guide structure, and range of visual aids.

At the time, I didn't know if the above volume represented the beginning of a true series to rival those from other presses but the smart betting money is always placed on Antietam for any Gettysburg follow up. That is certainly the case here with A Field Guide to Antietam: Experiencing the Battlefield Through Its History, Places, and People (Summer 2016).

From the description, it will employ the methods used with such fine success before.
"Abundantly illustrated with maps and historical and modern photographs, A Field Guide to Antietam explores twenty-one sites on and near the battlefield where significant action occurred. Combining crisp narrative and rich historical context, each stop in the book is structured around the following questions:

What happened here?
Who fought here?
Who commanded here?
Who fell here?
Who lived here?
How did participants remember the events?

With accessible presentation and fresh interpretations of primary and secondary evidence, this is an absolutely essential guide to Antietam and its lasting legacy."

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