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The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here…

Gettysburg to Vicksburg : the five original Civil War battlefield parks  photographs by A.J. Meek ; text by Herman Hattaway  Columbia : University of Missouri Press, c 2001  Hardcover. 1st ed. and printing. xix, 194 p. : ill. ; 19 x 26 cm.    Includes index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG

Spangler Spring, where boys in blue and gray drank together in pauses of the battle, Gettysburg

Spangler Spring, where boys in blue and gray drank together in pauses of the battle, Gettysburg

Splendidly written and dramatically illustrated, Gettysburg to Vicksburg is a stunning pictorial history of the first five Civil War battlefield parks: Gettysburg, Chickamauga-Chattanooga, Shiloh, Antietam, and Vicksburg. Photographer A. J. Meek brings the battlefield parks into vivid focus with one hundred memorable photographs, while Hattaway provides a brief history of these major battles and of the formation of parks on the battlefield grounds.

Latrobe's Battery, C.S.A. monument, Chattanooga, Tennessee

Latrobe’s Battery, C.S.A. monument, Chattanooga, Tennessee

Through his striking photographs, Meek provides inspired glimpses of personal vision and historical significance, guiding the reader through the settings for the battle narratives. He also shows how the battlefield grounds are different today, as trees and grass cover hills and former breastworks.

JOHNSTON'S MORTUARY MONUMENT WITH MEMORIAL TREE STUMP IN BACKGROUND. VIEW S. - Shiloh National Military Park Tour Roads, Shiloh, Hardin County, TN

JOHNSTON’S MORTUARY MONUMENT WITH MEMORIAL TREE STUMP IN BACKGROUND. VIEW S. – Shiloh National Military Park Tour Roads, Shiloh, Hardin County, TN

Hattaway provides critical insight into the personalities and achievements of military leaders on both sides. He also offers extensive descriptions of the events that took place before, during, and after each battle, explaining the significance of each encounter within the larger conflict between the Union and Confederate armies. In addition, he describes what happened to the battlefield areas long after the fighting ended, as the government, veterans, and private organizations wrestled over how the actual grounds — and in some sense, the memory of the soldiers — should be preserved.

FRONT ELEVATION OF MARYLAND STATE MONUMENT - Antietam National Battlefield, Sharpsburg, Washington County, MD

FRONT ELEVATION OF MARYLAND STATE MONUMENT – Antietam National Battlefield, Sharpsburg, Washington County, MD

Much more than a handbook, Gettysburg to Vicksburg is a comprehensive resource available to battlefield park visitors. With Meek and Hattaway’s help, visitors will, at long last, be able to understand fully just exactly what they are seeing. This important new work will make a significant addition to Civil War scholarship and will be welcomed by scholars, students, and Civil War enthusiasts alike.

Mississippi State Memorial, Vicksburg, Miss.

Mississippi State Memorial, Vicksburg, Miss.

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