The Devil's to Pay: John Buford at Gettysburg, a History and Walking Tour by Eric J. Wittenberg (Hardback, 2015)
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- DescriptionAlthough many books on Gettysburg have addressed the role played by Brig. Gen. John Buford and his First Cavalry Division troops, there is t a single book-length study devoted entirely to the critical delaying actions waged by Buford and his dismounted troopers and his horse artillerists on the morning of July 1, 1863. Award-winning Civil War historian Eric J. Wittenberg rectifies this glaring oversight with The Devil's to Pay : John Buford at Gettysburg. A History and Walking Tour. This comprehensive tactical study examines the role Buford and his horse soldiers played from June 29 through July 2, 1863, including the important actions that saved the shattered remnants of the First and Eleventh Corps. Wittenberg relies upon scores of rare primary sources, including many that have never before been used, to paint a detailed picture of the critical role the quiet and modest cavalryman kwn to his men as Honest John or Old Steadfast played at Gettysburg. The Devil's to Pay also includes a detailed walking and driving tour of pertinent sites, complete with GPS coordinates. Three appendices address the nature of Buford's defense at Gettysburg, whether his troopers were armed with repeating weapons, and whether a feint by his men late in the day caused the Confederate infantry to form squares (a Napoleonic defensive tactic). Finally, 17 maps by Gettysburg cartographer Phil Lai, together with more than 80 images, several published for the first time, round out this study. The Devil's to Pay is a must-have for Gettysburg enthusiasts.
- Author BiographyEric J. Wittenberg is an accomplished American Civil War cavalry historian and author. An attorney in Ohio, Wittenberg has authored more than two dozen articles in popular magazines and a dozen books, including (with co-authors J. David Petruzzi and Michael F. Nugent) One Continuous Fight: The Retreat from Gettysburg and the Pursuit of Lee's Army of Northern Virginia, July 4 - 14, 1863; The Battle of Brandy Station; and (with J. David Petruzzi) Plenty of Blame to Go Around: Jeb Stuart's Controversial Ride to Gettysburg. Eric's first book, Gettysburg's Forgotten Cavalry Actions, won the prestigious 1998 Bachelder-Coddington Literary Award. The second edition won the Army Historical Foundation's Distinguished Writing Award, for Reprint, 2011.
- Author(s)Eric J. Wittenberg
- PublisherSavas Beatie
- Date of Publication28/01/2015
- SubjectMilitary History
- Place of PublicationEl Dorado Hills
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintSavas Beatie
- Content Note17 maps and 100 images
- Weight544 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine25 mm
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