Outside the small college town of Gettysburg, Confederates had inexplicably turned on the lead elements of Meadeâ€™s army and attacked. The first day of battle had ended poorly for Federals, but by nightfall, they had found a lodgment on high ground south of town. There, they fortifiedâ€”and waited. â€œDonâ€™t give an inch, boys!â€ one Federal commander told his men.
The next day, July 2, 1863, would be one of the Civil Warâ€™s bloodiest. Confederate commander Robert E. Lee would launch his army at the Federal position in a series of assaults that would test the mettle of men on both sides in a way few had ever before been testedâ€”and the Pennsylvania landscape would run red as a result.
With names that have become legendaryâ€”Little Round Top, Devilâ€™s Den, the Peach Orchard, the Wheatfield, Culpâ€™s Hillâ€”the second day at Gettysburg encompasses some of the best-known engagements of the Civil War. Yet those same stories have also become shrouded in mythology and misunderstanding.
In Donâ€™t Give an Inch: The Second Day at Gettysburg, July 2, 1863, Emerging Civil War historians Chris Mackowski and Daniel T. Davis peel back the layers to share both the real and often-overlooked stories of that fateful summer day. In the same engaging style that has invited thousands of readers into the Civil Warâ€™s most important stories, Mackowski and Davis share their intimate knowledge of the battlefield they both grew up on.
Softcover, 6" x 9". 192 pages., ~150 black and white photos/maps.