Sunday, December 3, 2017

Booknotes: Along the Lines of Devotion

New Arrival:
Along The Lines of Devotion: The Bloodstained Field of Gettysburg on July 1, 1863
by James Smith (Fonthill Media, 2017).

Description: "The fighting that began on July 1, 1863 in Gettysburg built the foundation to what would become known as the bloodiest battle ever fought on American soil, yet locations such as McPherson's Ridge, Oak Hill, and Barlow's Knoll remain some of the most overlooked locations around the battlefield. Cast into the shadows of much more scenic locations, such as Little Round Top, Devil's Den, the Wheatfield, and others, it is easy to drive right through one of these iconic locations of the battlefield. This comprehensive narrative shines light on this portion of the battlefield that is so often overlooked."

"Beginning on June 9 and taking the reader through July 1, the author describes in detail the movement of troops, human interest stories, humorous accounts and detailed descriptions of the men present at the battle." The volume looks like a popular-style narrative synthesis based on a limited selection of published primary and secondary sources.

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