Over the past several days, I’ve received quite a number of emails from folks asking about specifics regarding the new book, The Complete Gettysburg Guide, by me and cartographer/photographer Steve Stanley. Folks would like to know exactly what tours are in it, what the maps are like, etc., and how the book is different than the legion of other Gettysburg tour books available.
For starters, the book features very detailed walking and driving tours usually not included in any other guide. The main battlefield aside, there are detailed tours of:
* The June 26 skirmish at Marsh Creek
* The June 26 fight at the Witmer Farm (Bailey’s Hill)
* The July 2 fight at Brinkerhoff’s Ridge
* The July 2 fight at Hunterstown
* The July 3 fight at East Cavalry Field
* The July 3 fighting at South Cavalry Field
* The July 3 fight at Fairfield
The main battlefield tour, broken down by July 1 and then the 2nd and 3rd together, contains details of terrain, farms, troop movements, monuments, trivia, etc. not found in other tours. 70 maps, all in full color by Steve, accompany the tours – and one unique feature is that they (where applicable) also contain the existing Park roads shaded in. This way, you can stand on the ground and see exactly where the troop movements and actions take place around you, even when you don’t have a historical road to pinpoint your location. It’s a fabulous feature. For instance, you can stand along Buford Avenue northwest of town and watch the action of Iverson’s attack unfold in front of you. And for all the tours, Steve has mapped out actions NEVER done before in detail – for instance, the June 26 skirmish at Marsh Creek along the Chambersburg Pike between Gordon’s Brigade/Elijah White’s Cavalry and the 26th PA Militia/Bell’s Adams County Cavalry. The fight at the Witmer Farm is mapped in detail for the first time. The opening skirmishes of the battles of Fairfield and Hunterstown have never been mapped before – but you’ll find them in this book. You will see details mapped of Pickett’s Charge, Barlow’s Knoll, Little Round Top, etc. like they’ve never been done.
There are also tours of:
* Dozens of the major field hospitals surrounding Gettysburg, including Camp Letterman
* A historical walking tour of the town of Gettysburg
* A tour of all known rock carvings (some by veterans of the battle) on the battlefield – this is one of the most interesting features to many folks!
* Walking tour of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery (you’ll find the 9 or 10 Confederates mistakenly buried here, the first soldier buried, misidentifications, etc. and much more)
* Walking tour of historic Evergreen Cemetery
Global Positioning (GPS) coordinates are also included for rock carvings, hospital sites, sites on the other battlefields, etc., to assist the tourist in finding locations. You can take your GPS device or navigator unit with you, and know that you’re on exactly the right spot.
The book is indexed and there’s a complete bibliography of sources. Publisher Ted Savas is producing the book in hardcover that can easily be taken out on the field and in town, and the book is in full color. Dozens of Steve’s beautiful full color photos grace the book. Many, many Park Rangers, Licensed Battlefield Guides, Licensed Town Guides, historians and friends have assisted us to make this book FULL of many things you’ve never known about the battle and the field, and we truly think it will be a journey of discovery to take this book “out there” with you.
Well-known and popular Gettysburg National Military Park Ranger Eric Campbell penned the Forward to the book. Eric appreciates the importance of the ground and terrain like no one else, and we are honored that he has given his imprimatur to this work.
Click here to go to Amazon’s page for the book. Signed copies, as well as the Special Signed and Numbered Gettysburg Edition (limited to 100 copies with a specially designed book plate by Steve) are available from us once it’s released about May 15. The book is about 320 pages total.
As I continue to get specific questions about the book, I’ll post them and explain them here.