Gettysburg Heroes

Gettysburg Heroes

Perfect Soldiers, Hallowed Ground
Glenn W. LaFantasie
Distribution: World
Publication date: 02/05/2008
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 978-0-253-35071-8
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The Civil War generation saw its world in ways startlingly different from our own. In these essays, Glenn W. LaFantasie examines the lives and experiences of several key personalities who gained fame during the war and after. The battle of Gettysburg is the thread that ties these Civil War lives together. Gettysburg was a personal turning point, though each person was affected differently. Largely biographical in its approach, the book captures the human drama of the war and shows how this group of individuals—including Abraham Lincoln, James Longstreet, Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, William C. Oates, and others—endured or succumbed to the war and, willingly or unwillingly, influenced its outcome. At the same time, it shows how the war shaped the lives of these individuals, putting them through ordeals they never dreamed they would face or survive.

Author Bio

Glenn W. LaFantasie is Richard Frockt Family Professor of Civil War History at Western Kentucky University. He is author of Twilight at Little Round Top and Gettysburg Requiem: The Life of William C. Oates. He lives in Bowling Green, Kentucky.


“Gettysburg is more than a pivotal battlefield for Americans. It has also, in its way, become something of a national Pantheon. For American heroes have trod that ground, both those who fought there, and those who came after to learn and remember. Warriors like Generals James Longstreet and Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, share that field with Abraham Lincoln, Dwight Eisenhower, and Field Marshall Bernard Law Montgomery. In a stimulating series of essays, Glenn LaFantasie looks at all of them in Gettysburg Heroes, examining not only why they came and what they did, but also the impact this hallowed ground had upon them and all Americans.”
 — William C. Davis, author of An Honorable Defeat: The Last Days of the Confederate Government and The Union that Shaped

“We continually hear that the Gettysburg subject has been exhausted. Glenn LaFantasie proves this wrong. Beautifully written and splendidly researched Gettysburg Heroes is a delight to read.”
 — D. Scott Hartwig

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Table of Contents

1. Lee's Old War Horse
2. Frank A. Haskell: Tragic Hero of the Union
3. Becoming Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain
4. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain and the American Dream
5. Finding William C. Oates
6. An Alabamian's Civil War
7. Hell in Haymarket
8. William C. Oates and the Death of General Farnsworth
9. Mr. Lincoln's Victory at Gettysburg
10. Lincoln and the Gettysburg Awakening
11. Memories of Little Round Top
12. Ike and Monty Take Gettysburg
13. The Many Meanings of Gettysburg
14. Feeling the Past at Gettysburg

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