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Book Title: The Gettysburg Campaign: A Study In Command|
The author of the book: Edwin B. Coddington
Edition: Scribner Book Company
Date of issue: April 1st 1984
ISBN 13: 9780684181523
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Coddington’s A Study in Command is the only book that is required reading for the guides at Gettysburg national park. It was recommended to me by a guide that I had hired during my visit to the park back in 2011. He explained that the park guides are given a list of books about the battle and the war but Coddington’s book is the only one that is required reading. The maps are good and the detailed account of the battle and analysis can be riveting at times.
Caution: This book was written for the aficionado and not the dabbler. It is deep, packed with detail, and it can be dry. After every significant event at Gettysburg there is a critical analysis of the commanders on both sides. The analysis can go on for several pages. There are 215 pages of notes.
In this piece, Coddington dispels the myth that there was a single southern mistake that cost the confederates the battle. Coddington also argues that Mead did a good job and that there was really little opportunity for the Army of the Potomac to follow up with a decisive victory that would have ended the war.
If you are not a Gettysburg aficionado you may have more fun with something like Bruce Catton’s Glory Road or Stephen W. Sears’ Gettysburg. I also read a very user friendly brigade history by Scott Mingus about The Louisiana Tigers in the Gettysburg Campaign. Next, take a trip to Gettysburg and hire a good guide for a minimum of four hours. Somewhere along the way you will be ready for A Study in Command. It is certainly worth the read.
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Read information about the authorBorn in 1905, he received a Ph.D. from Clark University and specialized in Civil War and Pennsylvania history.
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