The Struggle for the Bliss Farm at Gettysburg, July 2nd and 3rd, 1863

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Elwood Christ
Pub Date:
January 2022
3-Piece Cloth
New Foreword by J. Hessler, photos, maps, 240 pp.
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limited availability / Inquire


CLICK HERE to read James Hessler's new Foreword exclusive to this edition.

CLICK HERE to read Chapter 1.

Limited edition will not be available on Amazon or elsewhere. We are your sole provider. 

1. 700 ordered, 592 sold, so mostly gone. Hurry.

2. As advertised, the first 200 were signed by the publisher (you need to get in fast on these they go within days), but all 700 are hand-numbered.

Any reprint will be no-frills standard trade paperback title. No signing, no numbering, nothing special.

The super nice spine cloth is the same for each book, while the front and back silver cloth will be slightly different, denoting different books in the same series.


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This high-quality and very special facsimile reprint of the definitive and long-out-of-print study by the late Licensed Battlefield Guide Elwood Christ is the FIRST book to be released in our new series.

TITLE: "Over a Wide, Hot . . . Crimson Plain": The Struggle for the Bliss Farm at Gettysburg, July 2nd and 3rd, 1863

AUTHOR: Elwood Christ (deceased)
NEW FOREWORD: James Hessler (author of The Peach Orchard at Gettysburg and Sickles of Gettysburg
SPECIFICATIONS: 3-piece high quality cloth case, with vol. # of series stamped on the spine / Series name stamped on front / 80# Rainbow hemp end sheets / sewn binding /  70-lb. matte white art paper /  bound-in silk ribbon / matching head and foot bands / facsimile of original edition /  240 pp.

SOLE SUPPLIER: This edition will not be available from any other source. Savas Beatie is your sole provider. 
The cover above only a sample of the approximate colors and style we are using. It will be very similar.  

Review: "Outstanding book by the late Gettysburg historian and Licensed Battlefield Guide Woody Christ. He describes the intense action between Union and Confederate troops at the Bliss Farm on July 2, 1863. A great and fascinating read. It is with sadness the Woody Christ died in 2013 and this was the only book he had published. He had so much more to write about and tell about the history of the battle. This book he wrote is a fine tribute to Woody and is highly recommended to anyone interested in the Battle of Gettysburg."

-- Joe Owen, noted author of Hood's Texas troops during the war.

 See an entire video series, with the deceased author leading a tour, on the site by clicking HERE.


ELWOOD CHRIST was a Licensed Battlefield Guide at Gettysburg for many years, and the study of the Bliss Farm was his passion. He died at age 60 in 2014. His contributions to Gettysburg's history and historic preservation were enormous, and included 20 years' service on the borough's Historic Architectural Review Board (HARB), chief researcher and writer for Gettysburg's Historic Building Survey, member of the project team that developed Gettysburg's Historic District Design Guide, chief researcher for the David Wills House Historic Structures Report, and much more. He was a well-known lecturer. Sadly, "Across a Wide Hot Crimson Plain: The Bliss Farm Fight at Gettysburg" first published by Butternut and Blue in 1993, was his first and only book.