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Spies, Scouts, and Secrets in the Gettysburg Campaign

Thomas J Ryan

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ISBN 10: 1611211786 / ISBN 13: 9781611211788
Published by Savas Beatie, El Dorado Hills, 2015
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As intelligence experts have long asserted, "Information in regard to the enemy is the indispensable basis of all military plans." Despite the thousands of books and articles written about Gettysburg, Tom Ryan’s groundbreaking Spies, Scouts, and Secrets in the Gettysburg Campaign: How the Critical Role of Intelligence Impacted the Outcome of Lee’s Invasion of the North, June - July 1863 is the first to offer a unique and incisive comparative study of intelligence operations during what many consider the war’s decisive campaign. Bookseller Inventory # 119

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Title: Spies, Scouts, and Secrets in the Gettysburg...

Publisher: Savas Beatie, El Dorado Hills

Publication Date: 2015

Binding: hardcover

Book Condition:New

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WINNER of the 2015 BACHELDER-CODDINGTON LITERARY AWARD and WINNER of the 2016 GETTYSBURG ROUND TABLE’S DISTINGUISHED BOOK AWARD

As intelligence experts have long asserted, “Information in regard to the enemy is the indispensable basis of all military plans.”

Despite the thousands of books and articles written about Gettysburg, Tom Ryan’s groundbreaking Spies, Scouts, and Secrets in the Gettysburg Campaign: How the Critical Role of Intelligence Impacted the Outcome of Lee’s Invasion of the North, June – July 1863 is the first to offer a unique and incisive comparative study of intelligence operations during what many consider the war’s decisive campaign.

Based upon years of indefatigable research, the author evaluates how Gen. Robert E. Lee used intelligence resources, including cavalry, civilians, newspapers, and spies to gather information about Union activities during his invasion of the North in June and July 1863, and how this intelligence influenced General Lee’s decisions. Simultaneously, Ryan explores the effectiveness of the Union Army of the Potomac’s intelligence and counterintelligence operations. Both Maj. Gens. Joe Hooker and George G. Meade relied upon cavalry, the Signal Corps, and an intelligence staff known as the Bureau of Military Information that employed innovative concepts to gather, collate, and report vital information from a variety of sources.

The result is an eye-opening, day-by-day analysis of how and why the respective army commanders implemented their strategy and tactics, with an evaluation of their respective performance as they engaged in a battle of wits to learn the enemy’s location, strength, and intentions.

Spies, Scouts, and Secrets in the Gettysburg Campaign is grounded upon a broad foundation of archival research and a firm understanding of the theater of operations that specialists will especially value. Everyone will appreciate reading about a familiar historic event from a perspective that is both new and enjoyable. One thing is certain: no one will close this book and look at the Gettysburg Campaign in the same way again.

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This book evolved over a period of some 15 years. Originating with newspaper articles on the subject of intelligence operations during the Civil War, and progressing with a series of articles for Gettysburg Magazine about Union and Confederate intelligence gathering during the Gettysburg campaign. The story is based on primary sources supported by a host of secondary material.  I am grateful to the many people who had a hand in the final product.

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