As we look forward to celebrating the 4th of July in 2013, we also remember the 150th anniversary of the battle of Gettysburg. Mr. Peters writes about this battle even though it has been covered in numerous sources in the past 150 years. One would think there is nothing left to say, but Peters gives another look at history while telling individual solders’ stories to let one know how it must have been to be there.
Friendships develop among unlikely soldier types and examples of traumatic stress and great cruelty are described. General Meade’s value in leading the Union army to victory is brought out even though he shows surprise as well as discomfort in being given the command; then, he is later criticized for not finishing off Lee’s Army. Cain at Gettysburg is another good read for all civil war aficionados.
For further reading on the Civil War, check out our list Civil War in Fact and Fiction.