A longtime Gettysburg historian offers a detailed account. For good reason, the second and third days of the Battle of Gettysburg have received the lion's share of attention from historians. With this book, the critical first day receives its due. Harry Pfanz describes the engagements in McPherson Woods, at the Railroad Cuts, on Oak Ridge, on Seminary Ridge, and at Blocher's Knoll, as well as the retreat of Union forces through Gettysburg and the Federal rally on Cemetery Hill. Throughout, he challenges many long-held assumptions about the battle.
Harry W. Pfanz is author of Gettysburg - The Second Day and Gettysburg - Culp's Hill and Cemetery Hill. He served for ten years as a historian at Gettysburg National Military Park and retired from the position of Chief Historian of the National Park Service in 1981.