The New One…

Yes, yes – I know… “Where have you been, J.D.??”  I haven’t posted in a couple months simply because I’ve been busy finishing up the new book, and we’ve been very busy at the office.  In addition, I’m formatting an entirely new blog on a different host, and will post the link to that once I get it finished.

guide-coverWe’re now ready to release the information on the new book – it’s titled The Complete Gettysburg Guide.”  It is co-authored by master cartographer Steven Stanley (those of you who are members of the Civil War Preservation Trust will be familiar with the beautiful full-color maps that Steve does).  About 70 of Steve’s full-color maps as well as dozens of color photos are in the book.  It’s a larger size, 7×10, entirely in color, hardcover, and over 300 pages. 

This is the book that I’ve meant to do for many years.  I’ve long been dissatisfied with the tour books of the Gettysburg battlefield that are out there, because they miss so much of the field and the story.  With this book, Steve and I hope to rectify that oversight.  Here’s a listing of the detailed tours (including driving directions and GPS coordinates for many of the sites):

* The June 26 skirmish west of town between Early’s forces and the 26th PA Emergency Militia/Bell’s Adams County Cavalry, including the Battle of Witmer Farm (Bailey’s Hill)

* The main battlefield, all three days – including cavalry actions on the flanks on July 1, initial skirmshing in Pitzer’s Woods on the morning of July 2, and Farnsworth’s Charge on July 3.  My tour of the battlefield includes much more ground than even the Park’s driving tour.

* July 2 Battle of Hunterstown (much more detailed than the one that appears in the book by Eric Wittenberg and myself, Plenty of Blame to Go Around.

* July 2 Battle of Brinkerhoff’s Ridge

* July 3 Battle at East Cavalry Field

* July 3 Battle of Fairfield

* The Soldiers’ National Cemetery

* Evergreen Cemetery

* Three dozen of the most prominent field hospital sites surrounding the town

In addition, there’s a section called “Gettysburg on the Web” that details many of the best internet websites for the visitor and scholar.  And a whole lot more.

I’m so pleased that Steven Stanley has graced the book with his maps and photographs – the book is truly a collection of Stanley Gettysburg maps, and all in full color.

Publisher Ted Savas has a link on his website to a description of the book, (Update – click here for the Amazon page for the book) which will be available beginning May 15, 2009.  Here is a link to a video trailer featuring this and other upcoming titles from Savas.  Signed copies will be available, and Steve and I will have a limited number of 100 Special Signed and Numbered Gettysburg Editions available as well.  We will shortly have a website dedicated to the book, which will also be interactive.  I will release the link here once we have the site set up.

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  1. J.D, glad to see you up for some air!

    Looks like the type of reference book I need while documenting the markers/monuments at Gettysburg. I’m looking forward to the release.

    Craig.

  2. Thanks Craig!

    There are many comments about the monuments throughout the tours. Also, I can recommend several books to you about the monuments in case they’d be of help (they’re all listed in the Bibliography of the new book).

    Best,
    J.D.

  3. JD,

    Congratulations on almost having the project finished. And good to see you back up and posting!

    Don

  4. Wow JD! Very impressive!

    I had thought you moved onto another country or planet since it has been so long that we’ve heard from you!

    Hey, do you want to use my Hunterstown painting for that section of the book?

  5. Excellent news, my friend! I can’t wait.

  6. One thing I have really come to appreciate is that you put the GPS coordinates in the books. So many times I’ve visited obscure places and have been unsure if I was at the right place or not. Sometimes it’s hard to go by the description in a book – even pics are usually outdated.
    Hopefully, Santa will put a decent GPS system under the tree for me this year.
    Sounds like a great book…

    Thanks in advance.

  7. On second thought, I am a little disappointed that you didn’t put the fellow on the horse near Seminary Ridge on the cover instead of that other guy… 8^)

  8. What ???? Another Gettysburg book ???????? Don’t we have enough already ??? The answer is a resounding NO ! I say …keep them coming. There is always room for a great book, and JD, based on your previous efforts this will be a welcome addition to my Gettysburg collection. I love to walk the battlefield and it sounds like this book is something us stompers will really enjoy.

    Bill


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