To Hold This Ground: A Desperate Battle at Gettysburg

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Recalls the famous Civil War battle and the courageous men who fought on both sides, including two of the commanders, Colonel William Calvin Oates of Alabama and Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain of Maine.

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Grade 7 Up-Anyone who has read about the battle-or seen the movie Gettysburg-knows the dramatic story of how the 20th Maine regiment held off the 15th Alabama in a skirmish at Little Round Top. Beller has brought together the stories of the men who fought on both sides and their commanders, Colonel William Calvin Oates and the legendary Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain. Although she doesn't reveal any startling new information, she does introduce some of the common soldiers who fought and their observations on the battle. This book is particularly valuable because it tells the story of the Confederate brigade, about which little has been written. The text is a bit dry at times, but the black-and-white photographs and illustrations-especially the maps of the battles-really enhance the book. The best description of this historical episode can be found in Michael Shaara's The Killer Angels (Ballantine, 1987), but To Hold This Ground would be a good follow-up.
Elizabeth M. Reardon, McCallie School, Chattanooga,
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Young adults ages 10 and older will appreciate this in-depth and vivid coverage of the Gettysburg battle and its aftermath. Plenty of facts and history are packed into a coverage which views individual units' experiences during the war, and which provides the depth of detail which lends to a greater understanding of the battle's importance and key moments. -- Midwest Book Review

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