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Interesting Read on Gettysburg

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  1. Reformed

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    I acquired the following advanced copy of a book about the Battle of Gettysburg from an abandoned storage unit I rented over 25 years ago. It contains detailed battle reports by Federal and Confederate officers. From what I can tell the book was never published, just a number of advanced copies. For copyright reasons, I cannot post more than the first few pages.


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    The original by Col. G.M. Fiebeger was printed in 1915 to instruct students at West Point, where he was an instructor. The campaign and battle of Gettysburg / by G. J. Fiebeger.

    The 1980 reprint (limited to 1,000 copies, each numbered) contained illustrations by Guy Farley. The Campaign and Battle of Gettysburg by Fiebeger, G. J. (Colonel): Barnwood Books, Hagerstown, MD Paperback, 1st. - Dorley House Books, Inc.

    It's been reprinted several other times (without the Farley illustrations), and the 2009 is still available new at Amazon.
     
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    When I found it I was thrilled. At the time, I lived about an hour from Gettysburg. On many a Saturday, I would drive to the battlefield and park on Little Round Top. Standing on the crest and looking down towards Devil's Den I could only imagine the nearly impossible task that General John Bell Hood faced. Not only did his troops need to displace the Federal Troops from their defensive position behind the boulders in Devil's Den, but they also had to press their attack up a rocky hill against entrenched Federal troops. The enfilade fire the Confederates faced decimated their initial advance but they still kept coming until General Joshua Chamberlain's famous counter-attack down the slope of Little Round Top ended the Confederate attack.
     
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    What a neat find. I lived just up the street in Chambersburg and have visited the battlefield many times. It never failed to impress me of what happened during those hot July days 1863 and for once the Union stood strong and won after all those other earlier battles where General Lee ran rings around the Union forces. I definitely would not have wanted to be a Confederate soldier in the ranks as they attempted to take on the Union center during Pickett's charge that's for sure.
     
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    The Library of Congress digital copy (RSR's first link) is very readable when brought up on a large screen desktop computer.

    Thank you for sharing.
     
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