400 pp., 6 x 9, index
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-7798-9
Published: May 2010
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Distributed for the Blue and Gray Education Society
On the very same day, Robert E. Lee was in Pennsylvania, parrying the threat to Vicksburg with a daring push north to Gettysburg. For two days the battle had raged; on the next, July 4, 1863, Pickett’s Charge was thrown back, a magnificently brave but fruitless assault, and the fate of the Confederacy was sealed, though nearly two more years of bitter fighting remained until the war came to an end.
In Receding Tide, Edwin Cole Bearss draws from his popular Civil War battlefield tours to chronicle these two widely separated but simultaneous clashes and their dramatic conclusion. As the recognized expert on both Vicksburg and Gettysburg, Bearss tells the fascinating story of this single momentous day in our country’s history, offering his readers narratives, maps, illustrations, characteristic wit, dramatic new insights and unerringly intimate knowledge of terrain, tactics, and the colorful personalities of America’s citizen soldiers, Northern and Southern alike.
About the Author
Edwin C. Bearss is legendary among serious scholars and Civil War buffs alike. The former Chief Historian of the National Park Service and its current historian emeritus, Bearss' renowned tours of America's battlefields feature a uniquely engaging panache that has inspired a legion of fans. He has consulted on numerous books, documentaries, and films including Gods and Generals and Ken Burns' The Civil War. The author of 13 books, he has been honored many times for his tireless advocacy of the historical preservation of Civil War battlefield sites.
For more information about Edwin Bearss, visit the Author Page.
"The wealth of detail, Bearss’ astute judgments and the flowing narrative combine to make Receding Tide an excellent and highly recommended book.”—Civil War News
"Establishing a standard for literary excellence.”—Army magazine
"A smooth narrative of compelling force...Bearss’ experienced eye for human interest stories is evident throughout the book.”—Civil War News
"For buffs, Bearss’ book hits the bull’s-eye."—Booklist
"For more than half a century, prolific writer and battlefield historian Bearss has more than covered the Civil War…Here he tells the story of these two important battles…" —Book News