Item description for Gettysburg, Day Three by Jeffry D. Wert...
Overview Drawing on hundreds of sources, Wert offers brief excerpts from the letters and diaries of soldiers that shed new light on the Battle of Gettysburg and introduces heroes on both sides of conflict. of photos. 9 maps.
Publishers Description Jeffry D. Wert re-creates the last day of the bloody Battle of Gettysburg in astonishing detail, taking readers from Meade's council of war to the seven-hour struggle for Culp's Hill -- the most sustained combat of the entire engagement. Drawing on hundreds of sources, including more than 400 manuscript collections, he offers brief excerpts from the letters and diaries of soldiers. He also introduces heroes on both sides of the conflict -- among them General George Greene, the oldest general on the battlefield, who led the Union troops at Culp's Hill. A gripping narrative written in a fresh and lively style, "Gettysburg, Day Three" is an unforgettable rendering of an immortal day in our country's history.
Citations And Professional Reviews Gettysburg, Day Three by Jeffry D. Wert has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Wilson Public Library Catalog - 01/01/2004 page 977
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Studio: Simon & Schuster
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.46" Width: 5.51" Height: 1.11" Weight: 1.31 lbs.
Release Date Jul 2, 2002
Publisher Simon & Schuster
ISBN 0684859157 ISBN13 9780684859156
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More About Jeffry D. Wert
Jeffrey D. Wert is the author of eight previous books on Civil War topics, most recently "Cavalryman of the Lost Cause "and "The Sword of Lincoln". His articles and essays on the Civil War have appeared in many publications, including" Civil War Times Illustrated", "American History Illustrated", and "Blue and Gray". A former history teacher at Penns Valley High School, he lives in Centre Hall, Pennsylvania, slightly more than one hour from the battlefield at Gettysburg.
Jeffry D. Wert currently resides in Centre Hall, in the state of Pennsylvania. Jeffry D. Wert was born in 1946.
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Gettysburg, Day Three Mar 5, 2006
A single-volume narrative account of the third day at Gettysburg.
In all honesty, as uncharitable as this sounds, I'm not sure another study of the third day at Gettysburg was needed. Pfanz' magisterial volumes have already covered much of this material in more detail and equal narrative interest. The cavalry battles, which are Wert's addition to his narrative of the third day, are covered here in adequate detail with rather little discussion of their contribution to the battle overall. (I'd recommend Longacre's work for more detail on the cavalry.)
Wert does do an excellent job of integrating primary sources throughout his text, bringing his narrative alive. He pays more attention to Pickett(et al.)'s Charge than other events, including the assaults on Culp's Hill, and his account saves its most descriptive language for that event, sometimes slipping over the line into melodrama. His analysis of why the battle turned out as it did seems solid but not revolutionary, with some interesting comments about the limitations of Confederate artillery.
I think this would be a useful, engaging read for a person wanting a single-volume account of the Civil War's most famous battlefield moment. For more advanced researchers, I don't think that it replaces preexisting resources.
Uninspiring Jun 7, 2004
As anyone who made it to this page knows, books hundreds of pages long have been written on particular portions of the Gettysburg battlefield, from the railroad cut on Day 1 to McPherson's Woods etc. Plenty of large books have specifically discussed the individual days, but most books dealing with July 3 inevitably focus on Pickett's Charge. So when Wert, who's written biographies on Longstreet and Custer, attempted to write a book focusing on all of the action on Day Three, it was a very large undertaking. Inevitably, Wert comes up short.
Wert is largely uninspiring compared to the Pantheon of Gettysburg authors, like Pfanz and Coddington. And to justify writing a book about Gettysburg or July 3rd, topics that have been written about endlessly, there has to be some originality involved to give the narrative meaning. Wert simply does not accomplish this, except perhaps on the cavalry actions, and it isn't surprising when the book is only 300 pages long.
July 3rd's action begins near dawn on Culp's Hill. Pfanz covers this action infinitely better in his book on Culp's Hill and Cemetery Hill compared to Wert's book. Pfanz book has just as many interesting first hand accounts, and it's a more descriptive narrative concerning the military movements and combat on Culp's Hill.
Pickett's Charge is, of course, the highlight of the action on July 3. Wert's book has nothing groundbreaking regarding any aspect of the charge, from the action to the Confederate command chain before the offensive. That's not surprising, considering the Charge has been discussed to death. However, you'll find much more description on the action in both Sears' and Coddington's books, and those are books covering the entire campaign, not just Day Three.
The only thing that separates this Day Three study from the rest is the detail it gives to the 4 cavalry actions on July 3rd. Generally most only mention Custer's and Stuart's action southeast of the field and Kilpatrick's assault on the Confederate right. This book describes those actions in strong detail and analyzes two less significant cavalry skirmishes.
Still, for anyone who wants to read 300 pages worth of text on July 3 at Gettysburg, it would benefit you to read a more specific book on Pickett's Charge or the Culp's Hill chapters of the Pfanz book. Put simply, Wert's sum is not greater than Day Three's parts.
I'm a bit disappointed. Jan 24, 2003
While this book is exhaustive in it's verbal detail, it is too lacking in visual support - maps - to keep it all in mind while wading through it. And, what few maps there are are hard to find, and hard to refer back to because of the rag-edge paper the book is printed on. All in all, I would suggest another source for this battle.
He is no Pfanz and I'm no fan of Wert Jul 1, 2002
I should have known not to buy this book after I bought and read Wert's book on Custer: "Custer: The Controversial Life of George Armstrong Custer" a few years ago. A college history major (VMI but still a true Yankee),for the last 20 years I have focused my attention on two subjects: Gettysburg and Custer (not just Custer at Gettysburg). I have read most of the 20th Century and much of the 19th Century lierature on both subjects; I have toured Gettysburg over a dozen times. Why bother writing books dealing with the two most written about battles on the North American continent (Gettysburg and Little Big Horn) unless you had some new insight, brought together a well written amalgamation of prior personal and scholarly accounts or wished to do an in depth study? Maybe you could ask Mr. Wert why he has now done that twice. His book adds nothing new or interesting to the literature on Gettysburg. Mr. Wert's style is awkward and a tough read. He jumps around giving no part of the Third Day's battle adequate attention. It is written more like a college paper than a scholarly work and is not "personal" enough to be a piece of "popular" history. I bought this hoping to find a book that gave a complete view of the Third Day, not just Pickett's Charge, until Harry Pfanz does a book on the Third Day or Pickett. You would be better off reading one of the many good books on "the Charge" and then reading Pfanz' "Culp's Hill & Cemetery Hill" for the rest of the Third Day fighting, until Pfanz writes one. Please Mr. Wert; stay away from Pearl Harbor, Midway, D-Day or the Battle of the Bulge, maybe you could write your next book about Napoleon or the Battle of Waterloo. I never liked the French anyway.
A few key points worth learning Jun 25, 2002
Having read several books on Gettysburg, I read this to fill in some details on the battle sequence and dependencies and another perspective on the key reasons for Confederate defeat. The book provided this but was uneven in style and is clumsy with all the quotes saying the same thing over and over... about how bad it was for everyone that lived through it. Take aways: The South lost because: (1) Lee's leadership style and communication problems, (2) Disadvantaged ground (3) Too little artilery to complete what they started. Details on battle sequence is useful but disjointed.