"Don't Give an Inch", The Second Day at Gettysburg by Chris Mackowski, Kristopher D. White and Daniel T. Davis
George Gordon Meade could hardly believe it: only three days earlier, he
had been thrust unexpectedly into command of the Army of the Potomac,
which was cautiously stalking its long-time foe, the Army of Northern
Virginia, as it launched a bold invasion northward. Meade had hardly
wrapped his head around the situation before everything exploded.
the small college town of Gettysburg, Confederates had inexplicably
turned on the lead elements of Meade’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 fortified—and
waited. “Don’t give an inch, boys!” one Federal commander told his men.
next day, July 2, 1863, would be one of the Civil War’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 tested—and the Pennsylvania
landscape would run red as a result.
With names that have become
legendary—Little Round Top, Devil’s Den, the Peach Orchard, the
Wheatfield, Culp’s Hill—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.
Don’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 War’s most important stories,
Mackowski and Davis share their intimate knowledge of the battlefield
they both grew up on. Both White and Davis added that the piece includes nearly 150 pictures,
which White said “allows the reader to see the field from the couch” and
Davis said serves as “an unofficial battlefield buddy” for those
visiting Gettysburg. The book also includes ten original maps by Hal
Jespersen and a foreword by Gettysburg historian Tom Huntington.
Softcover, 6" x 9". 192 pages., ~150 black and white photos/maps.