Monday, May 20, 2013

New and Noteworthy---Guide to Gettysburg Battlefield Monuments: Handy and Easy To Use For Visitors and Students

Guide to Gettysburg Battlefield Monuments, Tom Huntington, Stackpole Books, Inc., 2013, 234 pp., profusely illustrated with color photographs,, 39 color maps. $9.95.

7 1/4 inches tall, 4 1/2 inches wide and 1/2 thick, Huntington's Guide to Gettysburg Battlefield Monuments fits both on a dashboard or inside a pants back pocket. A strong flexible binding encourages its frequent use. The locations of over 800 monuments, tablets and markers are presented with both GPS locations and map locations. The text offers "a bit about each monument, the division or person each one honors and whet the honoree did during the fighting." Additionally it includes listings, location and coordinates for all the tablets.

Monument descriptions with color photographs are organized by state. Following these descriptions, additional monuments that memorialize brigades, divisions, corps, people are included.  The year of dedication is included for both the state and additional monuments. Each monument is numbered and the number appears on a map; there are maps A through GG at the back of the book. Guide to Gettysburg Battlefield Monuments is an attractive, easy to use, and informative book for visitors to the battlefield, readers and students.

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