Monday, July 28, 2008

Classic Still In Print---Nothing But Glory: Pickett's Division at Gettysburg

Nothing But Glory:Pickett's Division at Gettysburg, Kathleen Georg Harrison, Thomas Publications, 178 pages, photographs, drawings, maps, notes, bibliography, index, $12.95.

Kathy Georg Harrison, Gettysburg NMP historian and ranger, has immersed herself in the park's archives and the holdings of states, universities and the U.S. army to produce a classic work that has been reissued twice since its first publication in 1987. Nothing But Glory:Pickett's Division at Gettysburg should rest on the same shelf of any Gettysburg enthusiast, along with Stewart's Pickett's Charge: A Microhistory of the Final Attack at Gettysburg, July 3, 1863, Priest's Into the Fight: Pickett's Charge at Gettysburg and Hess' Pickett's Charge--The Last Attack at Gettysburg .

Harrison closely links her narrative to primary sources. Often the soldiers' voice comes through; CWL read parts of Harrison's book while at Spangler's farm and while sitting under a tree at the Roger's house site on Emmitsburg Road. Covering the division's June 1863 activities very quickly, she starts the detailed narrative on July 1 at Chambersburg and end the narrative on July 4 at Bream's Mill/Black Horse Tavern which was the hospital for Pickett's division. Harrison's book is essential reading for those taking the licensed battlefield guide test. CWL wishes that Harrison would produce a comparable work on the Pettigrew-Trimble assault.

1 comment:

sdail said...

Rea,

My 1996 third printing of the hardback version of this book checks in at a whopping 603 pages, including the index. Is this a truncated version of the book without the rosters?

Sean