Gettysburg Heroes: Perfect Soldiers, Hallowed Ground

Hardcover | February 5, 2008

byGlenn W. Lafantasie

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The Civil War generation saw its world in ways startlingly different from our own. In these essays, Glenn W. LaFantasie examines the lives and experiences of several key personalities who gained fame during the war and after. The battle of Gettysburg is the thread that ties these Civil War lives together. Gettysburg was a personal turning point, though each person was affected differently. Largely biographical in its approach, the book captures the human drama of the war and shows how this group of individuals-including Abraham Lincoln, James Longstreet, Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, William C. Oates, and others-endured or succumbed to the war and, willingly or unwillingly, influenced its outcome. At the same time, it shows how the war shaped the lives of these individuals, putting them through ordeals they never dreamed they would face or survive.

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The Civil War generation saw its world in ways startlingly different from our own. In these essays, Glenn W. LaFantasie examines the lives and experiences of several key personalities who gained fame during the war and after. The battle of Gettysburg is the thread that ties these Civil War lives together. Gettysburg was a personal turn...

Glenn W. LaFantasie is Richard Frockt Family Professor of Civil War History at Western Kentucky University. He is author of Twilight at Little Round Top and Gettysburg Requiem: The Life of William C. Oates. He lives in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:296 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.85 inPublished:February 5, 2008Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0253350719

ISBN - 13:9780253350718

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Table of Contents

Contents
Preface
Introduction
1. Lee's Old War Horse
2. Frank A. Haskell: Tragic Hero of the Union
3. Becoming Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain
4. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain and the American Dream
5. Finding William C. Oates
6. An Alabamian's Civil War
7. Hell in Haymarket
8. William C. Oates and the Death of General Farnsworth
9. Mr. Lincoln's Victory at Gettysburg
10. Lincoln and the Gettysburg Awakening
11. Memories of Little Round Top
12. Ike and Monty Take Gettysburg
13. The Many Meanings of Gettysburg
14. Feeling the Past at Gettysburg
Notes
Index

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"Well-researched, Gettysburg Heroes makes a genuine contribution in the field of the Civil War in thought and memory, and specifically the significance of Gettysburg itself." -Register of the Kentucky Historical Society, Spring 2008