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Allen Carl Guelzo (born 1953) is an American historian who serves as the Henry R. Luce III Professor of the Civil War Era at Gettysburg College, where he serves as Director of the Civil War Era Studies Program.

Allen Carl Guelzo (born 1953) is an American historian who serves as the Henry R. Rachel A. Shelden wrote that for two decades, Guelzo "has been at the forefront of Civil War–era scholarship.

Gettysburg: The Last Invasion is fresh, fascinating, and compellingly provocative. Allen C. Guelzo is the Henry R. Luce Professor of the Civil War Era and Director of Civil War Era Studies at Gettysburg College. It is a marvelous book that deserves to be read and savored. And it deserves to be on the bookshelf of all Civil War buffs. Jay Winik, author of April 1865. An extraordinary work of thorough scholarship combined with a lifetime of judgment about historic events. He is the author of Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation: The End of Slavery in America and Abraham Lincoln: Redeemer President, both winners of the Lincoln Prize.

When I first saw Allen Guelzo’s Gettysburg: The Last Invasion, I wondered at the point of yet another . This just may be the best book about Gettysburg I’ve ever read.

When I first saw Allen Guelzo’s Gettysburg: The Last Invasion, I wondered at the point of yet another volume on the three-day battle in and around a small Pennsylvania crossroads town. The point, of course, is that we just passed the 150th anniversary of the battle. The reason I read it? Well, I’m a sucker. Guelzo’s analysis is a little different than what has been rehashed for that past 150 years.

It had all the bad results of a defeat.

In his graphic and emotionally affecting Gettysburg: The Last Invasion, Allen C. Guelzo . Guelzo appropriately ends his book with Abraham Lincoln’s journey to Gettysburg to deliver his famous address on Nov. 19, 1863.

Guelzo tries to hold these two subjects - three desperate days of combat and the political meaning of the war - in workable tension.

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Allen C. Luce Professor of the Civil War Era and Director of Civil War Era Studies at Gettysburg College

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From the acclaimed Civil War historian, a brilliant new history—the most intimate and richly readable account we have had—of the climactic three-day battle of Gettysburg (July 1–3, 1863), which draws the reader into the heat, smoke, and grime of Gettysburg alongside the ordinary soldier, and depicts the combination of personalities and circumstances that produced the greatest battle of the Civil War, and one of the greatest in human history. Of the half-dozen full-length histories of the battle of Gettysburg written over the last century, none dives down so closely to the experience of the individual soldier, or looks so closely at the sway of politics over military decisions, or places the battle so firmly in the context of nineteenth-century military practice. Allen C. Guelzo shows us the face, the sights, and the sounds of nineteenth-century combat: the lay of the land, the fences and the stone walls, the gunpowder clouds that hampered movement and vision; the armies that caroused, foraged, kidnapped, sang, and were so filthy they could be smelled before they could be seen; the head-swimming difficulties of marshaling massive numbers of poorly trained soldiers, plus thousands of animals and wagons, with no better means of communication than those of Caesar and Alexander. What emerges is an untold story, from the trapped and terrified civilians in Gettysburg’s cellars to the insolent attitude of artillerymen, from the taste of gunpowder cartridges torn with the teeth to the sounds of marching columns, their tin cups clanking like an anvil chorus. Guelzo depicts the battle with unprecedented clarity, evoking a world where disoriented soldiers and officers wheel nearly blindly through woods and fields toward their clash, even as poetry and hymns spring to their minds with ease in the midst of carnage. Rebel soldiers look to march on Philadelphia and even New York, while the Union struggles to repel what will be the final invasion of the North. One hundred and fifty years later, the cornerstone battle of the Civil War comes vividly to life as a national epic, inspiring both horror and admiration.

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On April 15, 2015, on the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the death of Abraham Lincoln, Allen C. Guelzo lectured at the Kirby Center of the Hillsdale College (Washington) on what would Reconstruction have been if Lincoln had lived. His lecture was knowledgeable, thought provoking and elegantly presented.

His lecture led to the reading of this superbly written history of the Battle of Gettysburg on those fateful three (3) days in July 1963. The paperback version of 486 pages has more than 100 pages of footnotes. The first 140 pages address the lead up to the battle, the internal politics of the Union and the Confederacy, the jockeying for leadership among the Union military, and in a stunningly and beautifully written introduction on the very important topography of central Maryland and south central Pennsylvania as if one were an Indian scout looking off east from the South Mountain.

Guelzo effortlessly and thoroughly moves through each of the three days of the Battle interspersing each day's events with military tactics, maps of troop movements, portraits of the military leadership and diary quotes from soldiers and generals. He is surprisingly non judgmental on Lee and Meade allowing contemporary opinions to add to the historical record, vividly descriptive, and clever by weaving together the disparate parts of this complex history with the many players, events, and the momentous results.

His concluding chapters deal with the horrific casualties on both sides; for the Confederacy over 20,000 and for the Union over 22,000.00. The carnage of warfare shocks and saddens any reader. His ending chapter dissects Lincoln's Gettysburg Address phrase by telling phrase so Americans can truly appreciate what has occurred and how this has impacted this nation.

Allen Guelzo's masterful "The Last Invasion" can now join the ranks of America's great histories on the Battle of Gettysburg.
Gettysburg: The Last Invasion (2013) by Allen Guelzo charts the Gettysburg Campaign, June 3 to July 24, 1863, Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s second invasion of the North during the American Civil War. The campaign culminated in the Battle of Gettysburg, July 1-3, in which approximately 48,000 Americans became casualties. In the end, the two armies settled into camps in roughly the same place they started.

The book is divided into four parts. Part 1 covers the march to Gettysburg, and the others cover each subsequent day of the battle. It’s a linear history from beginning to end, and focuses on the big picture. There’s nothing new to read about the fighting, but Guelzo draws from extensive sources to explore how the battle was fought and the politics of both armies.

Guelzo compares the Battle of Gettysburg with battles from mid-nineteenth century European conflicts to argue that the American Civil War was a decidedly pre-modern war. The high casualty rolls were not the result of outdated tactics facing modern weapons, but the result of inexperienced, amateur soldiers and officers. Instead of driving their opponents away with bayonets, they stood and blasted away at each other at close range. This poor training erased any advantage the rifle might have offered, with some estimating that only one in 500 shots actually hit their target.

Politics also played a role in how the armies fought. The Union Army was roughly divided into two camps: pro-McClellan and anti-McClellan, or moderate pro-war Democrats and radical abolitionist Republicans. Guelzo makes an interesting case that George G. Meade, who took command of the Army of the Potomac days prior to the battle, was a McClellanite who promoted his fellow partisans over their ideological opponents. Meade is usually described as non-political, so this is a fresh perspective.

Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia wasn’t immune to political divisions either, and this is where Gettysburg: The Last Invasion gets really interesting. In Lee’s army, Virginians were trusted and promoted over officers from all other Southern states, especially North Carolina. North Carolinians were seen as not sufficiently enthusiastic about secession. Likewise, there were Southern generals who were against secession but fought out of loyalty to their state. This dynamic helps explain the Army of Northern Virginia’s lack-luster performance while fighting an offensive campaign in the North.

My one objection is Guelzo’s glaringly inaccurate subtitle, which he never attempts to explain or justify. Why is it called Gettysburg: The Last Invasion, when the Gettysburg Campaign was not the last Confederate invasion of the North? In July 1864, a year after the Battle of Gettysburg, Major General Jubal Early took his corps north, won a battle at Monocacy, near Frederick, Maryland, on July 9th, menaced Washington, DC, and burned the city of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, on July 30th. That was the last invasion.

Still, Guelzo’s account of the Gettysburg Campaign is rich and complex. His understanding of nineteenth century politics and military history add a fresh coat of paint on an otherwise well-worn topic.
Gettysburg: The Last Invasion download epub
Author: Allen C. Guelzo
ISBN: 0307594084
Category: History
Subcategory: Americas
Language: English
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf; 1st edition (May 14, 2013)
Pages: 632 pages