Praise for The Maps of Gettysburg
"Bradley M. Gottfried's The Maps of Gettysburg is one of the best books on the battle of Gettysburg I've had the pleasure of reading in the last decade.
The combination of painstakingly detailed maps (down to the type of fences and fields) side-by-side with a well-written, succinct narrative is the secret to Gottfried's success."
– Christian B. Keller, Civil War Book Review, Winter 2010
"The 144 color maps in this new edition are so spectacular that I recommend this one in lieu of the earlier editions."
– Edward H. Bonekemper, Book Review Editor, Civil War News, November 2010
"All in all, The Maps of Gettysburg revised edition should provide fresh appeal to the dedicated Gettysburg student and battlefield tramper, as well as connoisseurs of Civil War cartography in general."
– Andrew Wagenhoffer,
Civil War Books and Authors
"The obvious question is 'Should I replace my existing Maps book?' Color makes a huge difference in readability enhancing the usefulness and value of the book. Until I laid the two books side by side, I did not realize how much difference it would make. My answer is 'Yes,' it is a worthwhile upgrade."
"Gettysburg is like someone we went to grade school with and have known all our lives. We fit comfortably and enjoy a companionship of shared experiences and memories. We can always find out more about our friend and always enjoy hearing from them. This book is a wonderful visit with our old friend."
– James Durney, Suncoast Civil War Roundtable
". . . The books' great strength is that its maps convey a very clear picture of how events unfolded, and is a "must" for anyone with a serious interest in this campaign."
– Al Nofi, New York Military Affairs Symposium
"The Maps of Gettysburg is long overdue. Finally, students and scholars of the battle have an all-inclusive set of modern battle maps under one cover. This is the new field guide for the entire campaign, perfectly suited for walking Gettysburg's hallowed ground. The beautiful and detailed maps include very helpful topography and are extremely easy to read and follow. The text is insightful, well written, and perfectly keyed to the maps. Once you begin reading this book, you won't want to put it down."
- J. David Petruzzi, co-author (with Eric J. Wittenberg)
of Plenty of Blame to Go Around: Jeb Stuart's Controversial Ride to Gettysburg (New York, 2006)
"Brad Gottfried's The Maps of Gettysburg is an essential addition to any Civil War buff's library, maybe the most essential reference book of recent memory. Here is the Gettysburg Campaign from start to finish, with nearly 150 full page original maps, each matched to a clear and concise narrative. This is the book that links together all those other titles sitting on your shelf."
- David F. Wieck, co-author of The Battle Between the Farm
Lanes: Hancock Saves the Union Center: Gettysburg, July 2, 1863
"The use of multiple, detailed full-page maps makes this new Gettysburg study a welcome addition to growing body of knowledge on this campaign. The Maps of Gettysburg deserves a place on the bookshelf of any student of the battle, and is also a useful tool to take along on the next visit to the battlefield."
- Eric J. Wittenberg, author of Gettysburg's Forgotten Cavalry Actions (Gettysburg, 1998) and Rush's Lancers: The Sixth Pennsylvania Cavalry in the Civil War (Westholme, 2007)
"This is a valuable reference book that offers unique, comprehensive coverage of the Gettysburg campaign through detailed, consistently accurate maps. The narrative that links these maps is a superb summary of the tactical movements of the battle."
- Earl J. Hess, Lincoln Memorial University, author of Pickett's Charge: The Last Attack at Gettysburg (Chapel Hill, 2000)
"The Maps of Gettysburg is a seminal contribution to the growing body of Civil War literature and highly recommended reading for civil war buffs. No academic library can afford not to include The Maps of Gettysburg as part of their American Civil War Studies reference collections."
- Midwest Book Review
"This book is wonderful! The maps are detailed and well researched and comprise the most clear and accurate tactical mapping of every stage of the entire battle that I have ever seen. Terrain features, such as vegetation and fence types, are clearly depicted without cluttering the maps, and unit positions are clearly indicated at the regimental and battery level. The maps are easy to read and interpret, and do not have the harsh computer generated look that other battle maps often have. The brief narratives that accompany each map are a superb bonus. They are detailed yet concise – and footnoted. Another bonus is that the book also covers the campaign to and from the battle.
The maps are on a par with the best I have seen, such as John Heiser's fine work for Morningside's Gettysburg Magazine and the maps in Harry Pfanz's Gettysburg: Culp's Hill and Cemetery Hill. There are a number of books and articles that have good maps of individual actions or one day's fighting, but none encompasses the entire battle at this tactical scale. The only comparable map study on the entire battle is John Bachelder's famous three map set, but his maps are difficult to work with because they are oversize and are sometimes hard to interpret because each map covers a whole day's worth of movements.
Gottfried's The Maps of Gettysburg will be an excellent reference source for years to come. No student of the battle of Gettysburg should be without it."
- Dr. David G. Martin, author of Gettysburg: July 1 (Conshohocken, 1996), Confederate Monuments at Gettysburg (Conshohocken, 1995), and co-author (with John W. Busey) of Regimental Strengths and Losses at Gettysburg (1995)
- Washington Times