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Gettysburg’s Most Hellish Battleground: The Devil’s Den, July 2, 1863

Phillip Thomas Tucker

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Gettysburg’s Most Hellish Battleground: The Devil’s Den, July 2, 1863

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Gettysburg’s Most Hellish Battleground: The Devil’s Den, July 2, 1863 is a fascinating history of a little-explored aspect of what many historians consider to be the most important battle of the Civil War—Gettysburg. Much attention has been paid by previous historians on the battle that takes place on the third day of Gettysburg. This book looks at the experiences of the Texas Brigade and their experience on the second day of Gettysburg of taking Houck’s Ridge and the Devil’s Den.

Dr. Tucker convincingly argues that General Lee’s outdated information about current battlefield conditions, the early removal of the Texas Brigade leader General John Bell Hood from action due to injury, and not using the Texas Brigade to turn the tide during the third day at Gettysburg ultimately led to the Confederate loss at Gettysburg.

This is a very well-researched and documented historical commentary. Copious endnotes and citations guide you through the conclusions posited by Dr. Tucker in an easy-to-read manner. I’m not a historian, or even a Civil War buff, but I gained a better appreciation and understanding of both Gettysburg and the Civil War from this book.

If you think you have read everything there is to read about Gettysburg, I guarantee you will find something new and insightful from this scholarly narrative. If you are just interested in learning a little more about the Texas Brigade or Gettysburg in general, then this is a great book to pick up. Highly recommended for anyone who loves history.

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