The Official Records volumes for Gettysburg (vol. 27, parts 1, 2, and 3).
WHAT ARE THE OFFICIAL RECORDS? No serious study of the American Civil War is complete without consulting the Official Records. Affectionately known as the "OR," the 128 volumes of the Official Records provide the most comprehensive, authoritative, and voluminous reference on Civil War operations. The OR is full of battle reports, letters, telegrams, and other communications organized chronologically. (Gettysburg is in volume 27, parts 1-3). Everything is by the principal leaders who fought the battles and wrote their assessments, or the telegrams, letters, and so forth. The Official Records are thus the eyewitness accounts of the people who fought the war.
v27, pt. 1: Union Reports
v27, pt. 2: Confederate Reports v27, pt. 3: Everything else (all Gettysburg related)
[The Bachelder Papers, by comparison, are firsthand accounts by veterans of every rank written back and forth to John Bachelder explaining their roles at Gettysburg only!]
Finding a full set of these in very good condition is tough, and for a fair price is darn near impossible. The CD version is very hard to use, and the online versions are often error-filled, and also hard to use and clunky. Ugh. The inexpensive paperbacks you can get are Print on Demand, cheaply made, and mine fell apart after minimal use.
THE SAVAS BEATIE EDITION
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First 100 sets hand-numbered / Signed by Publisher on title page next to SB Logo.
* NO PAYMENT NEEDED NOW. You don't pay until the books are ready to ship (est. mid-August 2021).
TERMS: We understand if you would like to pay in three or four installments. No problem. No extra charge.
PAGE COUNT: Roughly 3,340 pp. total. (More than 1,000 pages longer than The Bachelder Papers!
BINDING: Heavy buckram covers for long use, SEWN & GLUED for what we call "forever use," with matching head and foot bands.
STAMPING: Gold foil on the spine
PAPER: high quality acid-free, 40# to match the OR last printing.
PRINT RUN: In a word, small. We anticipate only 250 -300 sets. (Theoretically if could go up, but if it does it won't be by much.)
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