Hallowed Ground: A Walk at Gettysburg

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Popular Ebook Hallowed Ground: A Walk at Gettysburg release Hallowed Ground A Walk at Gettysburg Crown Journeys. The best Book Hallowed Ground: A Walk at Gettysburg 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 more 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 all.James 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 quiet little town.We 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 meal.I 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 Foote."Known for his colorful language, Ritchie continued,"It 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 South."While not quite 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 collide.General 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 Susquehanna 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 Pete"Chancellorsville 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 Mountain.But 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 needed.Stuart 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 blind.Only 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 forces.However, 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 equipped with Sharps Carbines which allowed them to fire three times as fast as Confederate infantry equipped 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 more slowly. Alexander never knew of the inaccuracy of his shelling because of the smoke that covered the field.It was a slaughter.It 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 165,000 soldiers--75,000 Confederate and 90,000 Union. Of those, 11,000 were killed or died of their wounds. 29,000 were wounded but survived. 10,000 were simply missing, in most cases captured. These 50,000 casualties were ten times those suffered on June 6, 1944, during D-Day.I 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 it."There are more 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 shiver.Should 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, 1863Four 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 equal.Now 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 this.But, 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.
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  • James M. McPherson Post author

    James M McPherson born October 11, 1936 is an American Civil War historian, and is the George Henry Davis 86 Professor Emeritus of United States History at Princeton University He received the Pulitzer Prize for Battle Cry of Freedom, his most famous book He was the president of the American Historical Association in 2003, and is a member of the editorial board of Encyclop dia Britannica.Born in Valley City, North Dakota, he graduated from St Peter High School, and he received his Bachelor of Arts at Gustavus Adolphus College St Peter, Minnesota in 1958 from which he graduated magna cum laude , and his Ph.D at Johns Hopkins University in 1963 Currently he resides in Princeton, New Jersey, and is married with one child.

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  • 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 [...]

  • 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 quite 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 [...]

  • 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 tran [...]

  • 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 repo [...]

  • 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 fitt [...]

  • This is a short book about the site of the battle that is considered the turning point in the Civil War I think it would be a good book for someone with an intermediate knowledge of Gettysburg It would also be good for a person who has just visited Gettysburg or who is preparing to visit This book focuses on the land of Gettysburg, which is a novel approach It has interesting factoids that are arranged well, but I don t think it was meant to be an overview or an introduction to Gettysburg My adv [...]

  • This short book is written in McPherson s clear style The historian shares brief anecdotal stories and tackles the many myths that arose from this cataclysmic and decisive Civil War battle Hallowed Ground is perfect for anyone planning to visit Gettysburg, as McPherson weaves history into precise geographic spots on a battleground walk He carefully provides perspective on the action in the context of the war and the nation s history The walk ends at the site of President Lincoln s Gettysburg Add [...]

  • A Walk Through GettysburgJames McPherson, America s leading Civil War historian, is an ideal guide to the Gettysburg Battlefield In his short, eloquent 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, 1863.McPherson 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 [...]

  • I first saw this in hard copy on the shelves at Gettysburg during the summer of 2016, however they only had one copy and it wasn t for sale As soon as it popped up as a Kindle special this September, I jumped on it.A quick one day read as McPherson takes the reader on a journey with one of his many student groups through the grounds of Gettysburg Rather than an overall narrative, or travel journey, McPherson follows the battlefield through the battles of July 1 3, 1863 with stops at each memoria [...]

  • This is an ideal companion to a visit to Gettysburg It is brief enough to complete before you arrive, and provides plenty of anticipated points of interest The writer is a highly experienced guide He knows all of the stories, those true and those not, or doubtful But he shares a bit of everything No intellectual snob he And it is worthy of a reread before subsequent trips.

  • The first time I ever, by my own choice, listened to the story of a battle I listed to this on our drive away from my first real view of Gettysburg Just as Sally said it would, it made me want to turn around and see it all again, in much detail.

  • Take a walk over the hallowed ground of Gettysburg and hear anecdotes and local history or the battlefield where the turning point of the Civil War took place.

  • A witness view with a walk.So simple, yes so eloquent It captures a view overlooking the hallow battleground with a sense of witness McPherson is like a consultant reincarnated

  • Excellent work by a noted professor of American History This short, 2 hour listen is descriptive of the Civil War battle field at Gettysburg Not only does McPherson provide the basics of the battle but also some unknown factoids and vignettes not previously known For example, Daniel Sickles lost a leg and it s still in Philadelphia he was also largely responsible for the battle field as we see it today The book should be accompanied by a visit to Gettysburg because it references information on t [...]

  • Hallowed Ground packs a great deal of information regarding Gettysburg, past and present, into a tight package I own an earlier edition, and I used the photographs in it as part of my lectures when I was teaching a unit on the Civil War Thank you to Edelweiss Above the Treeline and the publisher for the DRC.McPherson is a renowned author, winner of the Pulitzer for Battle Cry of Freedom That volume should be the go to book for anyone looking for a first highly literate glimpse of the American Ci [...]

  • This relatively recently written 2003 book is a very good, and very clear, brief, walking tour of the Gettysburg battlefield McPherson has toured the battlefield many times and, of course, is a fine scholar of the war His familiarity with both the battlefield landscape and the facts of the strategy and tactics is clear, and he has an eye for the interesting backstory, as well as the ways that the topography of the battlefield affected the outcome He also identifies still ongoing historical uncer [...]

  • Hallowed Ground A Walk at Gettysburg The Illustrated Edition by James McPherson is a nice work about both the battle and the park as it now is The addition of photographs, drawings and maps makes this a far valuable work than it was previously.For those of us who have visited multiple times we will be reminded of many things we may have forgotten For those who haven t yet visited this can serve as a guide though I would caution that it is not an exhaustive guide or simply as a substitute Separa [...]

  • A nice and concise summary of Gettysburg Not by any means McPherson s most insightful work on the Civil War See the illustrated edition of Battle Cry of Freedom or, I m told, For Cause and Comrades but informative and readable The maps are very minimalist and don t show up terribly well on my Kindle Touch Fortunately I have The Atlas of the Civil War, edited by McPherson.I do like the efforts McPherson goes through in this slim volume to debunk myths of which the Civil War bred hosts He also poi [...]

  • This book, for what it is, is great For me, it was interesting, but it was very light reading.The book is very worthwhile as a refresher to the Battle of Gettysburg McPherson writes this like he s giving a very laid back tour of the battle Certainly, with such a small book, there is a lot of detail left out of his story Even so, there are a lot of interesting things as well Note that the upcoming landscape changes he mentions have taken place and are still taking place to closely reflect the gr [...]

  • Fans of Civil War History will not want to miss this one McPherson s This is a written version of the Princeton professor s walking tours with his students Exciting and approachable treatment of the topic The text is brief but manages to be comprehensive in its overview of the three day battle the bloodiest in our history while including fascinating stories McPherson writes in a conversational tone as he describes the atmosphere of the site Specific street directions are provided, and the author [...]

  • I actually read this book on our way home, after visiting Gettysburg, so I didn t get to enjoy it on location as a guide book Still, everything was fresh in my mind Unlike the audio tour we purchased at the gift shop, this author did a great job sharing interesting tidbits and anecdotes while still offering a great overview of the battle and following a coherent timeline James McPherson is clearly quite knowledgeable and he has a great sense of humor The book is very readable and enjoyable.

  • A very nice, quite short, outline of the battle of Gettysburg It s written as a walking tour I don t think it would be useful as one, but it would be a good introduction if you are going to visit the battle site There are no pictures, but there are some simple maps Although short, the author seems to have a special interest in debunking myths and false stories he s a professor at Princeton and the author of the Battle Cry of Freedom , and you can read and enjoy the whole thing in a day or two.

  • Excellent walk through of the Battle of Gettysburg Planning to use the book and follow McPherson s directions to view the various battle spots Brief, yet thorough, he gives perspective and vision to each site discussed I ve been to the battlefield many times, but gained a new glimpse through McPherson s many years of Gettysburg tour guiding I especially enjoyed the human interest stories and the be bunking of various Gettysburg Battle myths I highly recommend this book for those interested in to [...]

  • Probably best when you re actually touring Gettysburg, this book nonetheless captures the story and dispels some of the myths surrounding those three important July days in 1863 I enjoyed McPherson s tone conversational, yet knowledgeable just like I imagine he is in front of students He takes readers throughout the battlefield, and you feel as if you re getting the inside story I ll bet his rivals the best of the official guidebooks The only thing missing are photos, but I suppose if you had th [...]

  • I appreciated the insight this book gave on the battle of Gettysburg without being overwrought with details It reads like a guided tour, and makes me hunger for the chance to visit this remarkable place and see for myself the details of the battlefield This book is not a comprehensive description of the Battle of Gettysburg, but is just enough to get your feet wet on understanding the battle Definitely a worthwhile read for anyone looking to visit the Gettysburg area.

  • This was a very short book that was fun but not very deep I enjoyed the read and learned a few new anecdotal pieces of information, but this basically feels like a quick way for McPherson to make some money That sounds very critical, but I do not mean it to be I enjoyed the light read and if nothing else, it really makes me want to visit Gettysburg and spend some real time there This was a perfect one day read during what has become a Civil War kick for me.

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