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Second Day at Gettysburg

The Attack and Defense of Cemetery Ridge, July 2, 1863
by David L. Shultz and Scott L. Mingus
Savas Beatie

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Pub Date: 2015
Format: Paperback with bw illus.
Pages: 531 pp.
Size: 6.25 x 9.25 inches

ISBN: 9781611210743
TB Code: 1904078
Availability: 48 in stock

Based upon a faulty early-morning reconnaissance, General Robert E. Lee decided to attack up the Emmitsburg Road in an effort to collapse the left flank of General George Meade's Army of the Potomac and decisively defeat it. The effort got underway when General James Longstreet's First Corps troops crushed General Sickles' Peach Orchard salient and turned north and east to drive deeply into the Union rear. A third Confederate division under Richard Anderson, part of A. P. Hill's Third Corps, joined in the attack, slamming one brigade after another into the overstretched Union line stitched northward along the Emmitsburg Road. The bloody fighting stair-stepped its way up Cemetery Ridge, tearing open a large gap in the center of the Federal line that threatened to split the Union army in two. The fate of the Battle of Gettysburg hung in the balance.