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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP03 Aug 2017 9:55 p.m. PST

"I recently reviewed here a highly-detailed and very long (500 pp+) account by David Martin entitled Gettysburg July 1 link ; for those who prefer a short, entertaining overview-type account covering a part of the action on the first day of the battle, Steven H. Newton's McPherson's Ridge might well fill the bill. One of a series called Battleground America Guides, this slim paper-bound book concentrates entirely on the action on this terrain feature and the maneuvers leading up to it, largely ignoring things occurring nearby. At a mere 120 pp. total this can only be described as an introduction to the battle; however, the narrative is concise and accurate, apart from the old canard of arming Buford's troopers with repeating carbines. Despite this, the positioning of the cavalry and especially its camps and outposts prior to the start of shooting is well-presented. This account strictly pits the Union I Corps and Buford's First Cavalry Division against the Confederate divisions of Heth and Rodes. The final chapter consists of a driving tour of McPherson's Ridge and surrounding ground that I intend to take with me on my next visit to the battlefield…."
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