The Battle of Gettysburg 1863 (2)

The Second Day

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The Battle of Gettysburg 1863 (2)

The Second Day

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This work provides an authoritative illustrated examination of the second day of the Battle of Gettysburg, analyzing both grand strategy, and the tactical decisions of Day Two and the ensuing combat.

July 2, 1863 was the bloodiest and most complicated of the three days of the Battle of Gettysburg. On this day, the clash involved five divisions of Confederate infantry and their accompanying artillery battalions, as well as a cavalry skirmish at nearby Hunterstown. The bulk of the Union army engaged on the second day of fighting, including men from the 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 6th, 11th and 12th Corps.

Assisted by superb maps and 3D diagrams, this fascinating work describes the tactical play-by-play, the customary “who did what” of the battle. Among the famous actions covered are Hunterstown and Benner's Hill, Little Round Top, Devil's Den, the Rose Wheatfield, the Peach Orchard, and Culp's and Cemetery hills. The critical decisions taken on the second day are examined in detail, and why the commanders committed to them. Gettysburg was-first and foremost-a soldier's battle, full of raw emotion and high drama, and this work also examines the experience of combat as witnessed by the rank and file, bringing this to life in stunning battlescene artworks and primary accounts from common soldiers.

Table of Contents

Union plans
Confederate plans
Hunterstown and Benner's Hill
The Confederate Advance
Little Round Top
Devil's Den
The Rose Wheat Field
The Valley of Death
The Peach Orchard
Cemetery Ridge
Culp's Hill
Cemetery Hill

Product details

Published 22 Jun 2023
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 96
ISBN 9781472854643
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations Colour illustrations throughout, including battlescene artworks, maps, 3D diagrams and photographs.
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Campaign
Short code CAM 391
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors


Dr. Timothy J. Orr

Timothy J. Orr is associate professor of military…


Steve Noon

Steve Noon was born in Kent, UK, and attended art…


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