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The Maps of Gettysburg: An Atlas of the Gettysburg Campaign, June 3 - July 13, 1863, by Bradley M. Gottfried

The Maps of Gettysburg plows new ground in the study of the campaign by breaking down the entire campaign in 140 detailed original maps. These cartographic originals bore down to the regimental level, and offer Civil Warriors a unique and fascinating approach to studying the always climactic battle of the war. We hope these thought-provoking questions lead to some lively book discussions. Looking at the maps and accompanying text:

  1. Was there any chance that the Pickett-Pettigrew-Trimble Charge could have succeeded?
  2. Did the cavalry play a major role in the actual battle of Gettysburg?
  3. Which actions won at Gettysburg by the Federals were just plain lucky?
  4. If you were Robert E. Lee, would you have followed General James Longstreet's advice about swinging around the Federal left flank?
  5. Was there any chance that Culp's Hill could have been captured by the Confederates on Day 2? On day 3?
  6. Could the Confederates have held Cemetery Ridge if Rodes' Division had continued its advance to provide support?
  7. Could General Abner Doubleday have done anything else to have staved off defeat on July 1?
  8. If you were General A. P. Hill, how would you have defeated the Federal troops on McPherson and Seminary Ridges?
  9. Should General George Meade have been more aggressive in attacking Lee's army with its back to the swollen Potomac River?
  10. How should have General Robert E. Lee and General Joseph Hooker moved the army to Gettysburg?
  11. Did you look at any aspect of the battle differently after viewing a detailed map of the action?
  12. What part of the battlefield will you enjoy visiting the most again after reading this book and studying the maps?