The Maps of the Cavalry in the Gettysburg Campaign: An Atlas of Mounted Operations from Brandy Station Through Falling Waters, June 9 – July 14, 1863
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- Bradley M. Gottfried
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- Sept. 1 2020
- Hardcover, 7 x 10
- 82 maps, 240 pp.
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About the Book
The Maps of the Cavalry in the Gettysburg Campaign: An Atlas of Mounted Operations from Brandy Station Through Falling Waters, June 9 - July 14, 1863 continues Bradley M. Gottfried’s efforts to study and illustrate the major campaigns of the Civil War’s Eastern Theater. This is his seventh book in the ongoing Savas Beatie Military Atlas Series
The Maps of Gettysburg, Gottfried’s inaugural and groundbreaking atlas published in 2007, covered only a small portion of the cavalry’s actions during the seminal campaign. This book addresses that topic in-depth in a way that no other study has ever achieved. Gottfried covers the opening battle of the campaign at Brandy Station in detail, followed by the actions at Aldie, Middleburg, and Upperville, where Jeb Stuart’s cavalry successfully halted Alfred Pleasonton’s probes toward the Blue Mountain passes in an effort to determine the location of Robert E. Lee’s army. The movements toward Gettysburg are covered in a series of maps, including the actions at Westminister, Hanover, and Hunterstown. The five major actions on July 2-3 at Gettysburg take up a considerable portion of the book and include the fight at Brinkerhoff Ridge, and four more on July 3 (Stuart against David Gregg northeast of the town, Wesley Merritt’s fight along Emmitsburg Road, Judson Kilpatrick’s actions near the base of Big Round Top, and Grumble Jones’s near-destruction of the 6th U.S. Cavalry near Fairfield).
The cavalry also played a vital role during Lee’s retreat to the Potomac River. The numerous fights at Monterrey Pass, Smithfield, Boonsboro, Funkstown, and Hagerstown were of critical importance to both sides and are covered in detail. The book concludes with the fight at Falling Waters and ends with an epilogue recounting events occurring in Virginia through the end of July.
The Maps of the Cavalry in the Gettysburg Campaign plows new ground by breaking down the entire campaign into sixteen map sets or “action sections,” enriched with 82 detailed full-page color maps. These cartographic originals bore down to the regimental and battery level, and include the march to and from the battlefield and virtually every significant event in between. At least two—and as many as ten—maps accompany each map set. Keyed to each piece of cartography is a full-facing page of detailed text describing the units, personalities, movements, and combat (including quotes from eyewitnesses) depicted on the accompanying map, all of which make the cavalry actions come alive.
This presentation allows readers to easily and quickly find a map and text on virtually any portion of the campaign. Serious students will appreciate the extensive and authoritative endnotes and complete order of battle, and take it with them on trips to the battlefields. A final bonus is that the maps unlock every other book or article written on any aspect of the cavalry’s actions during this important campaign.
Perfect for the easy chair or for stomping the hallowed grounds, The Maps of the Cavalry at Gettysburg is a seminal work that belongs on the bookshelf of every serious and casual student of the battle.
“The newest entry in Brad Gottfried’s groundbreaking atlas series addresses a topic near and dear to my heart: cavalry operations in the Gettysburg Campaign. Dr. Gottfried has carefully documented every significant cavalry engagement of the campaign—and there were many. It all began with the largest cavalry battle fought on the North American continent on June 9, 1863 at Brandy Station, and ended with engagements in mid-July as Lee’s army crossed back into Virginia. This is the first atlas volume dedicated exclusively to Gettysburg cavalry operations, which makes it both noteworthy and useful. Gottfried’s detailed descriptions of each combat and maneuver, all presented in a coherent and meaningful way, makes this a must-have for anyone interested in Gettysburg or Civil War cavalry actions.” — Eric J. Wittenberg, award-winning author of Gettysburg’s Forgotten Cavalry Actions and “The Devil’s to Pay”: John Buford at Gettysburg
“Brad Gottfried has once again proven why he is one of the most prolific and skilled cartographers of battles and campaigns of the Civil War. The blue and gray cavalry both opened and closed the Gettysburg Campaign, just as it began and ended the Battle of Gettysburg itself. It is a masterful volume, jammed with comprehensive original maps and fresh narratives of the mounted arms’ crucial actions for the entire campaign. It is simply indispensable.” — J. D. Petruzzi, award-winning co-author of Plenty of Blame to Go Around: Jeb Stuart’s Controversial Ride to Gettysburg
“Good maps are essential to the understanding of any battle, and Brad Gottfried’s maps are indispensable for the study of Gettysburg’s cavalry actions. They will benefit both the experienced historian as well as the casual visitor, in gaining a clear understanding of these dynamic, chaotic engagements.” — Mike Nugent, award-winning co-author of One Continuous Fight: The Retreat from Gettysburg and the Pursuit of Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia, July 4–14, 1863
“A seminal work of meticulous, detailed, and exhaustive scholarship.” – Midwest Book Review
“For anyone with a modicum of interest in the Gettysburg Campaign and exploring the places where these cavalry fights occurred, Gottfried’s book is absolutely essential.” – The Civil War Monitor
Bradley M. Gottfried served as a college educator for over 40 years before he retired in 2017. After receiving his doctorate, he was a full-time faculty member for eleven years and then entered the administrator ranks, rising to the position of president, serving for 17 years in this position at two colleges. His interest in the Civil War began when he was a youngster in the Philadelphia area. He has written 14 books on the Civil War, including a number on Gettysburg and map studies of various campaigns. A resident of the Chambersburg/Gettysburg, Pennsylvania area, Brad is an Antietam Licensed Battlefield Guide and a Gettysburg Licensed Town Guide.