Having returned from a sightseeing tour at the Battle of Gettysburg, this book had much more meaning to me than if I had read the book before the visit. Shaara vividly describes the ground of the battlefield that each side defended/attacked. He describes the fighting expertise of the soldiers of both sides. He describes the personalities of the Generals, and their assisting officers. He presents the decisions of the generals from both sides and the results of those actions. What is not really outstanding in this book, but is in the museum at Gettysburg, is the thousands of lives lost in this battle. However, Shaara does compare the General Lee's decision to charge across a field in plain sight of the enemy to the Charge of the Light Brigade hoping the reader will see the impending disaster. Shaara describes what happened each of the 3 days of the battle.
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