Twilight at Little Round Top, July 2, 1863

Twilight at Little Round Top, July 2, 1863

The Tide Turns at Gettysburg

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One of the nation's top experts on the Battle of Gettysburg uses recently uncovered documents to reconstruct one of the key skirmishes in the battle--the struggle to control "Little Round Top."

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LaFantasie presents an account of the pivotal Civil War battle for a hill called Little Round Top, which took place on the second day of conflict at Gettysburg. Drawing upon reports from a wide variety of battle participants, he describes how thousands of men struggled, and many died, in an effort to control this critical parcel of terrain. He also places the events of July 2, 1863 within the context of the broader sweep of the battle. LaFantasie is former deputy historian of the U.S. Department of State. Annotation ©2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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""Here is the real story of the epic fight for Little Round Top, shorn of the mythology long obscuring this pivotal Gettysburg moment. A vivid and eloquent book."" --Stephen W. Sears, author of Gettysburg

""Little Round Top has become iconic in Civil War literature and American memory. In the emotional recollection of our great war, if there was one speck on the landscape that decided a battle and the future of a nation, then surely this was it. The story of the July 2, 1863 struggle for that hill outside Gettysburg goes deeper into our consciousness than that, however. The men who fought for it then and there believed it to be decisive, and that is why they died for it. Glenn W. LaFantasie's Twilight at Little Round Top addresses that epic struggle, how those warriors felt then and later, and their physical and emotional attachment to a piece of ground that linked them forever with their nation's fate. This is military and social history at its finest."" --W.C. Davis, author of Lincoln's Men and An Honorable Defeat

""Few military episodes of the Civil War have attracted as much attention as the struggle for Little Round Top on the second day of Gettysburg. This judicious and engaging book navigates confidently through a welter of contradictory testimony to present a splendid account of the action. It also places events on Little Round Top, which often are exaggerated, within the broader sweep of the battle. All readers interested in the battle of Gettysburg will read this book with enjoyment and profit."" --Gary W. Gallagher, author of The Confederate War

""In his beautifully written narrative, Glenn LaFantasie tells the story of the battle for Little Round Top from the perspective of the soldiers who fought and died in July 1863. Using well-chosen quotes from a wide variety of battle participants, TWILIGHT puts the reader in the midst of the fight--firing from behind boulders with members of the 4th Alabama, running up the hillside into battle with the men of the 140th New York, and watching in horror as far too many men die. This book offers an elegy to the courage of those men, a meditation on the meaning of war, and a cautionary tale about the sacrifices nations ask of their soldiers and the causes for which those sacrifices are needed."" --Amy Kinsel, Winnrer of the 1993 Allan Nevins Prize for From These Honored Dead: Gettysburg in American Culture

Publisher: Hoboken, N.J. : John Wiley & Sons, [2005]
Copyright Date: ©2005
ISBN: 9780471462316
Branch Call Number: 973.7349 LAFAN
Characteristics: xix, 315 pages : illustrations, maps ; cm


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