Gregory A. Coco Civil War Collection


About the Author

Gregory Ashton Coco was born and raised in Louisiana but lived in the Gettysburg area for nearly 35 years. In 1972, after serving in the U.S. Army, he earned a degree in American History from the University of Southwestern Louisiana.

While in the military, Greg spent a tour of duty in Vietnam as a prisoner of war military interrogator and infantry platoon radio operator with the 25th Infantry and received, among other awards, the Purple Heart and Bronze Star.

During his years in Gettysburg, Greg worked as a National Park Service Ranger and a Licensed Battlefield Guide. He wrote sixteen books and a dozen scholarly articles on Gettysburg and the Civil War. His A Strange and Blighted Land. Gettysburg: The Aftermath of a Battle (Thomas, 1995; Savas Beatie, 2017) was voted #12 in the Top 50 Civil War Books ever written. It, together with A Vast Sea of Misery: A History and Guide to the Union and Confederate Field Hospitals at Gettysburg, July 1-November 20, 1863 (Thomas, 1996; Savas Beatie, 2017) remain perennial bestsellers.

Sadly, Greg died at age 62 in February of 2009. In his words, he was “the happy husband of Cindy L. Small for 26 years. He was the fortunate father of daughter Keri E. Coco. He loved them both with all his heart.” Keri is married to Cail MacLean and they have a daughter, Ashton MacLean Coco.

Greg was widely liked and deeply respected within the Civil War community. His works have been out of print for many years, and many command a high price on the secondary market. Savas Beatie, working together with his widow Cindy Small, has arranged to bring them back into print so they can be readily enjoyed by a new generation of readers.

We hope you enjoy them.