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Saturday, March 7, 2009

Another map from "The Complete Gettysburg Guide"


Steve Stanley and I thought we'd show you another map from our upcoming book The Complete Gettyburg Guide. This one is from the map series in the tour of the July 2 action at the Peach Orchard.

Click on the map for a big, honkin' version. Steve constantly amazes me with his maps! All 70 of his maps, including many modern photographs he took of the field, are in full-color in the book.

Our website devoted to the book is nearing completion. The web page for the book on our publisher Savas Beatie's site is here, and the Amazon.com page for the book can be found here.

18 comments:

  1. Marty

    Can't wait for this one.

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  2. Thanks, Marty! I really hope folks enjoy this book - but further, that they USE it. Take it out onto the field. I hope that it helps folks appreciate and understand the battle more, to discover and learn about more battlefields surrounding Gettysburg, and to take the tours of the town the cemeteries, and even the rock carvings.

    J.D.

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  3. Often books that are titled "complete" either fall flat or fail to totally live up to their name. This one looks like it's going to deliever what the title says. This is going to be a winner. ~Gary

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  4. Thanks, Gary - we hope so. Of course, any "complete" guide to Gettysburg would be something like 10,000 pages, and probably still wouldn't be "complete." However, we think folks will get so much more out of this guide than any other, or combination of any others.
    And Steve's maps are truly the gem of this thing.
    J.D.

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  5. Color maps are the way to go ! It's why I like Imhof's book so much. This one looks great also.

    Bill

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  6. J.D. and Steve,

    This is a sure-fire winner! I know a bunch of my wargaming buddies are salivating to see this book in print for the summer battlefield tramping season.

    "The Mad Wargamer"

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  7. We've gotten a few comments regarding this map - specifically why that "Gen. Sample" shown on there wasn't used by Lee during the battle. Well, Sample's Corps was that mysterious "lost 4th Corps" of the Army of Northern Virginia. Sample and his men always seemed to disappear from the fight when it got the hottest.

    Now you know :)

    J.D.

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  8. Very Awesome looking! I really like that the maps are full color. I think this will add greatly to my (large) collection of Gettysburg books.
    Chris

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  9. J.D.
    Gen. Sample was confused during the battle as General Lee's orders were in the form of a long run on sentence without punctuation in the format followed exactingly by the Battlefield Commission when placing tablets on the battlefield after the war so he moved from the right flank taking up a position on the left of Law's Brigade but failed to see the signal to advance then withdrew in the direction of Fairfield.

    Seriously, though very good maps. My fear is I'll have a lot of updates to do for my Gettysburg marker project! But that is a good thing.

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  10. LOL Cas, now I understand completely!

    In a future revised edition of the Guide, we'll include this information on Sample.

    BTW, I heard Gen. Sample died a penniless, lonely man. After the war, looking for a career, he began developing an early form of kiosk placed at grocery markets, giving away examples of the market's fare. You know, things like little fried weenies and those cheese and cracker combos. It never took off.

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  11. JD,
    You realize that the great-great-grandson of General Samples was Junior Samples. Junior is well known as an entrepreneur and leading figure in the "New South" of the post-post-Reconstruction era. He made one bid for the governorship of Georgia, but failed in the party primaries to gain much support. In a world before eBay and Craigslist, Junior maintained a highly lucrative "swapping" business.

    Junior's marketing slogan is only surpassed by "See Rock City" in product identification. To this day people still call 1-800-BR5-4949 seeking to purchase some of his offerings.

    Just a bit of trivia often overlooked I guess.....

    ;-)

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  12. Terrific map, I look forward to buying the book!

    The colors for the first and second positions of the units help in understanding their movements. For me, if the first position for both sides were dark and the second light, I would have understood them better but there is likely a reason for the current colors.

    Larry

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  13. Hi Larry,

    That was Steve's call, but I think it works. That way the darker units are recognized as the second positions, often when the two sides clash. I think you'll see that as you go through the entire book and the 70 maps, you'll get used to seeing them that way and your mind's eye will immediately pick right up on the different positions without thinking about it.

    Best,
    J.D.

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  14. How does this book compare to the Atkins Gettysburg Companion that recently came out? I have thumbed through it and it looks good. If I buy one, why should I buy yours and not his?

    Keith

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  15. Hi Keith,

    They're both quite different. If you're more interested in touring the battlefield and many related sites around Gettysburg (the June 26 battlefields, rock carvings, hospital sites, East Cavalry Field, Hunterstown, Fairfield, etc) and seeing many things on the main battlefield you may not have known were there, then my book will fit the bill.

    The Companion is more of a coffee-table type general history. And you may want to check out the reviews of the book on its Amazon page, as well as an upcoming review in the Civil War News (which I've been told will be quite negative about that book) - because much of the information in the book is quite inaccurate. I've only perused it myself, and saw some things that didn't impress me. From my perspective, I saw much about the cavalry that was very wrong, and an artillery expert who looked through it said most of everything pertaining to the artillery was inaccurate. So, judge for yourself.

    But as I said, the purposes of the two books are very different. My book you can take out onto the field with you, and the other - well, I'm told by those who've read it that it will keep your coffee table from walking away :)

    J.D.

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  16. JD
    Thanks for your explanation. I guess my old eyes and cognition will have to learn that the colors for Confederate first positions are light red and Union first are dark blue and vice versa for the second.

    Larry

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  17. I am very much looking forward to your new book coming out. I finished your latest book, and as your first one, it was excellent.

    Tim Carnahan

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  18. Thank you Tim, I appreciate it! I look forward to a signing at the Museum.

    Best,
    J.D.

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