A Novel of the Civil War

Book - 2003
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The Battle of Gettysburg has become the great "what if" of American history. Gettysburg unfolds an alternate path and creates for General Robert E. Lee the victory he might have won. Full of dramatic battle scenes, military strategy, and captivating period details, Gettysburg stands as a remarkable entry in the pantheon of Civil War literature and as a vivid novel of the realities of war.

The year is 1863, and General Robert E. Lee and his Army of Northern Virginia are poised to attack the North and claim the victory that could end the brutal conflict. Launching his men into a vast sweeping operation, General Lee, acting as he did at Chancellorsville, Second Manassas, and Antietam, displays the audacity of old. He knows he has but one more good chance to gain ultimate victory. Now Lee's lieutenants and the men in the ranks, imbued with this renewed spirit of the offensive, embark on the Gettysburg Campaign that many dream "should have been"...

An action-packed and painstakingly researched masterwork by Newt Gingrich and William Forstchen, Gettysburg stands as the first book in a series to tell the story of how history could have unfolded, how a victory for Lee would have changed the destiny of the nation forever. This is a novel of true heroism and glory in America's most trying hour.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2003
ISBN: 9780312987251
Branch Call Number: GING
Characteristics: viii, 463 p. : ill
Additional Contributors: Forstchen, William R.


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Aug 31, 2017

The authors experiment with what they call "active history:" this is both a novel of historical fiction (compare to "The Killer Angels"!), but also an alternative history, considering how the outcome of this pivotal battle may have been changed with one different decision on the part of a major player. The historical figures are very much recognizable, and quite well-detailed; people such as Winfield Hancock, and Lewis Armistead, and Col. Joshua Chamberlain, and even curmudgeonly and explosive Dan Sickles present their authentic characters, but with a different ending to the story and with profound ramifications for the progress of the American Civil War.
The first book of a trilogy...

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