Best new books on the Battle of Gettysburg

July 01, 2013|By Dave Rosenthal | The Baltimore Sun

On the 150th anniversary of the battle of Gettysburg, historians are revisiting the three-day event that was a turning point in the Civil War -- and publishers have released a slew of new books. For my money, there's still no better book than "The Killer Angels" by Michael Shaara, a fictionalized treatment that closely follows actual events, including the stirring attack on Little Round Top. But if you're looking for new reads on Gettysburg and the war, here are some favorites:

-- "Gettysburg: The Last Invasion," by Allen C. Guelzo. The professor at Gettysburg College, which sits beneath the ridge where the battle began, takes an in-depth look at the three days of fighting. This book, which draws heavily on first-person accounts, will get you close to the action.

-- "Gettysburg: Turning Point of the Civil War" by TIME, is rich in photographs, maps and other visuals. It also dives into interesting themes, including the practice of medicine, key officers on both sides of the fight, war photography, and even movies. A great coffee table book to help you understand the implications of the bloody battle.

-- "A Field Guide to Gettysburg" by Carol Reardon and Tom Vossler offers a step-by-step guide to the battlefield, as well as a detailed examination of the tactics of Confederate and Union armies. When you're walking or driving around the battlefield, this is the book to have in your pocket.

-- "Disunion," is an entertaining collection of more than 100 articles from the New York Times' popular blog about the Civil War, as well as some new essays. 

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