150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg

Posted on July 3, 2013. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Oakton Community College Library commemorates the 150th  anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg with a book display at the Skokie campus.

The Battle of Gettysburg took place from July 1st-July 3rd 1863.  After his success in Virginia Confederate General Robert E Lee brought his army to Pennsylvania in order to defeat the Union Army once and for all.  The battle began on July 1st where Confederate forces assaulted and defeated Union troops under John Buford. On the second day, both armies received reinforcements. The Union Army gathered their forces in a defensive formation resembling a fish hook. Lee launched a heavy assault and despite significant losses The Union line held. On the 3rd day, 12,500 Confederates attacked the Union line in the center along Cemetery ridge. This became known as Pickett’s Charge. The Union line, again, held and dealt severe casualties on the Confederates. Lee fled back to Virginia. There were an estimated 46,000 and 51,000 casualties on both sides. During the three days. The Battle Of Gettysburg is seen as a turning point in the American Civil War. In November of 1863, President Lincoln dedicated a National Cemetery on the site with a famous speech.

“…government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

book cover for Gettysburg: The Graphic NovelGettysburg the Graphic Novel
by C.M. Butzer

“Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address is familiar to all Americans. But never has his most famous speech—his 271 indelible words—been presented in such a visual and accessible format.

Graphic artist and Civil War aficionado C. M. Butzer deftly uses a detailed, comic-book style to depict the Battle of Gettysburg; the national movement to create a memorial there; and the quiet day in 1863 when Lincoln delivered his galvanizing speech.

Butzer uses only primary sources for the text, drawing from first-person letters and diaries, speeches, and Lincoln’s own writing to unpack this series of historical events. The address itself is played out over eighteen pages, with every phrase given a visual interpretation that will resonate with young readers” (enriched content provided by Syndetics).

book cover for Battle Cry of FreedomBattle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era
by James McPherson

“James McPherson’s fast-paced narrative fully integrates the political, social, and military events that crowded the two decades from the outbreak of one war in Mexico to the ending of another at Appomattox.

Packed with drama and analytical insight, the book vividly recounts the momentous episodes that preceded the Civil War—the Dred Scott decision, the Lincoln-Douglas debates, John Brown’s raid on Harper’s Ferry—and then moves into a masterful chronicle of the war itself—the battles, the strategic maneuvering on both sides, the politics, and the personalities.

Particularly notable are McPherson’s new views on such matters as the slavery expansion issue in the 1850s, the origins of the Republican Party, the causes of secession, internal dissent and anti-war opposition in the North and the South, and the reasons for the Union’s victory” (enriched Content provided by Syndetics).

book cover for American Civil WarThe American Civil War: 365 Days
by Margaret Wager

“Presented in 12 thematic sections, this visual history of America’s epochal conflict features more than 500 items drawn from the unparalleled collections of the Library of Congress, including Mathew Brady’s iconic photographs; period drawings, lithographs, and woodcuts; important manuscripts like the Gettysburg Address; political and theatrical posters; and ephemera like the contents of Lincoln’s pockets the night he was assassinated.

A running timeline notes an important-or intriguing lesser-known-event for each calendar day, while excerpts from diaries, letters, speeches, postwar memoirs, and other first-person accounts lend immediacy to the informative text. A vivid mix of words and images, The American Civil War: 365 Days captures the drama, the horror, the epic sweep, and the human toll of this unparalleled American clash at arms like no other book before it” (Amazon).

book cover for American Heritage History of the Battle of GettysburgAmerican Heritage history of the Battle of Gettysburg
by Craig Symonds

“So begins the stunning retelling of an epic battle—the bloodiest and longest in the Civil War—the Battle of Gettysburg. Beginning with Chancellorsville, which set the stage for Robert E. Lee’s second invasion of the North, and concluding with Lee’s escape across the Potomac, noted historian Craig L. Symonds’s brilliant narrative in the American Heritage History of the Battle of Gettysburg details the three days in July when two armies struggled in a virtual death grip across a dozen square miles of rolling Pennsylvania countryside.

Symonds encapsulates the grand sweep of the Pennsylvania battle by mapping both sides’ military strategy, such as the Confederate decision to invade Pennsylvania, the cat-and-mouse game as Lee’s army moved north, and, finally, the terrible clash of arms on the hills and fields ofGettysburg. The book also draws upon first hand accounts from the front lines, humanizing the Blue and Gray—the soldiers fighting for their lives and country.

Richly illustrated with nearly three hundred photographs, color paintings, and illustrations, and with a wealth, of letters, diaries, and memoirs accompanying the text, this is the story of Gettysburg as it has never been told before. It is sure to become a high water mark in Civil War history writing” (enriched content provided by Syndetics).

-posted by Kevin Purtell


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