Battle of Gettysburg: July 1-3, 1863
With an eye to stiking terror within ordinary civilians in the Union heartland; to shift the focus of the summer campaign of 1863 from war-ravaged Virginia to the North, and by defeating a Union army on its home ground, CSA General Robert Edward Lee led an army 71, 699 strong into Adams County, Pennsylvania. Between the first and 3rd of July, 1863, Lee’s army clashed with the 93,921 strong Army of the Potomac under the command of Union General George G. Meade. The battle, encompassing the city of Gettysburg, would end in a Union victory so costly—the two armies suffered between 46,000 and 51,000 casualties—that Lee would not invade the North again. Yet, Lee’s army had escaped total destruction and retreated to relative safety. As President Abraham Lincoln complained to Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles, "Our army held the war in the hollow of their hand and they would not close it!"
Newt Gingrich’s Gettysburg: A Novel of the Civil War. New York: St. Martin's Press, 2003.
John Hough’s Seen the Glory: A Novel of the Battle of Gettysburg. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2009.
John Duke Merriam’s Meade's Reprise: A Novel of Gettysburg, War and Intrigue, Chevy Chase, MD: Posterity Press, 2002.
James Reasoner’s Gettysburg. Nashville, TN: Cumberland House, 2001.
Michael Shaara’s The Killer Angels: A Novel of the Civil War. New York: Modern Library, 2004.
Elsie Singmaster’s Gettysburg: Stories of Memory, Grief and Greatness. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2003.