Retreat from Gettysburg: Lee, Logistics, and the Pennsylvania Campaign - Civil War America (Paperback)Kent Masterson Brown (author)
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In a groundbreaking, comprehensive history of the Army of Northern Virginia's retreat from Gettysburg in July 1863, Kent Masterson Brown draws on previously untapped sources to chronicle the massive effort of General Robert E. Lee and his command as they sought to move people, equipment, and scavenged supplies through hostile territory and plan the army's next moves. Brown reveals that even though the battle of Gettysburg was a defeat for the Army of Northern Virginia, Lee's successful retreat maintained the balance of power in the eastern theatre and left his army with enough forage, stores, and fresh meat to ensure its continued existence as an effective force.
"A tour de force in Civil War writing...With Kent Brown you get the real deal."
--American's Civil War
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Number of pages: 552
Weight: 785 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 34 mm
Edition: New edition
A who's who of Civil War historiography.--West Virginia History
Kent Brown offers a compelling story that heretofore has received only limited attention. . . . Everyone interested in the Civil War in general and the Gettysburg Campaign in particular will want to obtain a copy of Retreat from Gettysburg, and those in search of consequential military history will find this book to their liking.--Washington Times
Beyond being a great read, Retreat from Gettysburg is exceptionally well researched. . . . Such skillful use of these primary sources provides the reader with probably the best account to date of a Civil War army's retreat after a major battle.--North & South
The result of these years of research and contemplation is an original book that for the first time provides an overview of Lee's masterful retreat from his worst battlefield defeat. . . . [For] Gettysburg buffs, as well as those interested in military logistics, retreat theory, the Army of Northern Virginia, and the Civil War in general.--Civil War News
Captures the reader from beginning to end. . . . Should be in the library of every serious student and scholar of Civil War history.--Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography
Kent Masterson Brown's more than 20 years of research have come to fruition in Retreat from Gettysburg. . . . Through his extensive use of primary documents, including many previously unpublished diaries, letters, and reports, the reader is provided with some of the most detailed accounts of the numerous military actions that occurred during the retreat. . . . To further enhance this study, excellent maps aid the reader in tracing the movements of both armies. In addition, more that 40 illustrations, many of them rare, grace the pages of the book. . . . Brown's Retreat from Gettysburg is a tour de force in Civil War writing. . . . With Brown you get the real deal. He does history the old-fashioned way-years of research with careful and thoughtful writing. --America's Civil War
There is everything to praise in this book, for the concept and execution are very good. Brown's arguments are on the mark, and he is to be congratulated for focusing on topics that have been overlooked far too long in the historiography.--Journal of American History
There is nothing in a title which promises to be more deadening than the word logistics. And if that is the conclusion you draw about Retreat from Gettysburg, you could not have made a more egregious mistake. . . . Not only does Brown give a bravura survey of the internal mechanisms of the Confederate forces in the Gettysburg campaign, he also provides a moving entrance into the mind of [a] defeated army, trying to hold itself together, and find some way to escape and fight another day.--Allen C. Guelzo, The Barnes & Noble Review
Retreat from Gettysburg tells us new things and gives us new ways of seeing familiar events.--Chronicles
An immensely important read for anyone with a serious interest in the war.--The NYMAS Review
Through his extensive use of primary documents, including many previously unpublished diaries, letters and reports, the reader is provided with some of the most detailed accounts of the numerous military actions that occurred during the retreat. . . . A tour-de-force in Civil War writing. . . . With Kent Brown you get the real deal. He does history the old-fashioned way-years of research with careful and thoughtful writing.--America's Civil War
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