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New book explores the Gettysburg Campaign in depth

Press release:

Co-authors Scott Mingus and Eric J. Wittenberg and the team at Savas Beatie LLC announce the publication of volume 1 of what is being called an “essential” study. One early reviewer has stated, “The authors’ exhaustive coverage, deep research, and careful attention to detail, has produced a momentous work that will be indispensable for both historians and students of the war for years to come.”

Volume 1 is now available at Civil War and More in Mechanicsburg, TG Books in York, various bookstores in Gettysburg, publisher Savas Beatie LLC, and various Internet retailers such as Barnes & Noble, Walmart, Target, Books A Million, and Amazon. It is also available directly from the authors at their various book signings and personal appearances.

Scott L. Mingus Sr. and Eric J. Wittenberg, the authors of more than forty Civil War books, have once again teamed up to present a history of the opening moves of the Gettysburg Campaign in the two-volume study “If We Are Striking for Pennsylvania”: The Army of Northern Virginia and the Army of the Potomac March to Gettysburg. This compelling study is one of the first to integrate the military, media, political, social, economic, and civilian perspectives with rank-and-file accounts from the soldiers of both armies as they inexorably march toward their destiny at Gettysburg. This first installment covers June 3–21, 1863, while the second, spanning June 22–30, completes the march and carries the armies to the eve of the fighting.

Gen. Robert E. Lee began moving part of his Army of Northern Virginia from the Old Dominion toward Pennsylvania on June 3, 1863. Lee believed his army needed to win a major victory on Northern soil if the South was to have a chance at winning the war. Transferring the fighting out of war-torn Virginia would allow the state time to heal while he supplied his army from untapped farms and stores in Maryland and the Keystone State. Lee had also convinced Pres. Jefferson Davis that his offensive would interfere with the Union effort to take Vicksburg in Mississippi. The bold movement would trigger extensive cavalry fighting and a major battle at Winchester before culminating in the bloody three-day battle at Gettysburg.

As the Virginia army moved north, the Army of the Potomac responded by protecting the vital roads to Washington, D.C., in case Lee turned to threaten the capital. Opposing presidents Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis, meanwhile, kept a close watch on the latest and often conflicting military intelligence gathered in the field. Throughout northern Virginia, central Maryland, and south-central Pennsylvania, meanwhile, civilians and soldiers alike struggled with the reality of a mobile campaign and the massive logistical needs of the armies. Thousands left written accounts of the passage of the long martial columns.

Mingus and Wittenberg mined hundreds of primary accounts, newspapers, and other sources to produce this powerful and gripping account. As readers will quickly learn, much of it is glossed over in other studies of the campaign, which cannot be fully understood without a firm appreciation of what the armies (and civilians) did on their way to the small crossroads town in Pennsylvania.



October 11, 7:00 p.m., Texans at the Battle of Chickamauga, Loudoun Valley CWRT, Thomas Balch Library, 208 W. Market St., Leesburg, Virginia

October 13, 7:00 p.m., Texans at the Battle of Chickamauga, Montgomery CWRT, Mamma Lucia Restaurant, 18224 Village Center Dr., Olney, Maryland

October 16, 2:00 p.m., Texans at the Battle of Chickamauga, Mt. Union Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War Camp #502, Mt. Union Church, 785 Lephart Rd., Rockwood, PA

October 18, 7:00 p.m., Civil War Murder Mysteries, Northern Baltimore County Historical Society, Gunpowder Baptist Church, 20074 Middletown Rd., Freeland, Maryland

October 19, 7:00 p.m., The Louisiana Tigers in the Gettysburg Campaign, Civil War Round Table of Western Pennsylvania, St. John’s Lutheran Church, 1320 Church St., Ambridge, PA

October 20, 7:00 p.m., Flames Beyond Gettysburg, Olde Colony CWRT, Four Points Sheraton, 1125 Boston Providence Turnpike, Norwood, Massachusetts

October 26, 6:00 p.m., The Underground Railroad in York County, Keystones, Jewish Community Center, York, PA


November 3, 12:45 p.m., The Lincoln Funeral Train in Pennsylvania, St James Senior Center, 125 N. Adams St., York, PA

November 6, 2:00 p.m., The Lincoln Funeral Train in Pennsylvania, Camp Curtin Historical Society, National Civil War Museum, Harrisburg, PA

November 8, 7:00 p.m., Texans at the Battle of Chickamauga, Turner Ashby Camp No. 1567, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Old Court House Civil War Museum, 20 N. Loudoun St., Winchester, Virginia

November 10, 7:00 p.m., The Lincoln Funeral Train in Pennsylvania, New Freedom Heritage Museum, 2 Railroad Street, New Freedom, PA

November 14, 7:00 p.m., Wargaming Gettysburg in Miniature, St. Croix CWRT, Lowell Inn, 102 2nd St. N, Stillwater, Minnesota

November 15, 7:00 p.m., The Louisiana Tigers in the Gettysburg Campaign, Twin Cities CWRT, Knights of Columbus Hall, 1114 American Boulevard W, Bloomington, Minnesota

November 16, 3:30 p.m., Erin Go Bragh: Human Interest Stories of the Irish in the Civil War, Central Minnesota CWRT, Stearns History Center, 235 33rd Ave. S., St. Cloud, Minnesota

November 30, 2:00 p.m., Civil War Spies and Military Intelligence, SpiriTrust Lutheran, 1802 Folkemer Circle, York, PA