New book on Gettysburg Retreat in production

My apologies for not posting for nearly two weeks – it’s been incredibly busy!  My wife has been helping our daughter move to her college apartment, while I’ve been very busy in the office and with other businesses.  However, one thing that’s been taking up some time lately is final work on the manuscript of a new book…

Several years ago, Eric Wittenberg, Mike Nugent, and I completed the bulk of the work on a scholarly work about the retreat from Gettysburg.  We were finishing ours up at about the same time Kent “Bat” Masterson Brown was completing his great book on the subject.

So how is ours different from Brown’s?

Where Brown concentrated on the logistical aspects of the retreat, our book goes into very deep details of the nearly two dozen fights and skirmishes that occurred from July 4 until July 14 when the Army of Northern Virginia finally crossed the river.  Our chronological narrative features the fighting, with the logistics as a background.  Brown’s book is more the opposite.  The two books together will finally give readers the full story of the Gettysburg retreat.

In addition, our book will also feature two detailed driving/walking tours of both the main retreat column and the Wagon Train of Wounded, from Gettysburg to the river.  On both tours we were greatly assisted by retreat guru Ted Alexander.  Think of this book as very much like Eric’s and my Stuart’s Ride book in scope, but on the retreat.

The book will be published by Savas Beatie LLC, the publisher of our Stuart book – and we couldn’t be more pleased.  Savas does an absolutely wonderful book.  The fine maps (lots of ’em!) were done by the skilled Ed Coleman.

Release is expected by next year’s anniversary (perhaps May-June 2008) and I’ll keep everyone posted here as the book progresses.

Published in: on July 17, 2007 at 1:44 pm  Comments (16)  

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  1. Welcome back, JD! I had wondered where you were. The new book sounds great and I look forward to seeing it. Regards, Billy Yank

  2. Can’t wait!

  3. Thanks, David and Richard. We’re just a few days away from completing the mss for Savas. This will be the first time that the fights and skirmishes (nearly two dozen of them) during the retreat from July 4-14 have received this much detail. Over the years, we’ve gathered some really great sources that haven’t been used before. We truly hope that folks, Gettysburg Campaign students especially, really get a lot of value from it.

    J.D.

  4. J.D.,

    Have you chosen an title yet?

    Rea Andrew Redd

  5. Yep – it’s “One Continuous Fight” but we don’t have the subtitle nailed yet. That’s a quote from one of Stuart’s troopers about the retreat, and we thought it was very apropos, and very fitting with what the reader will feel after reading our narrative.

    We’re putting the final touches on the mss necessary at the moment, and then it’ll be a wrap!

    J.D.

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