New book: Gettysburg Perspectives by Scott D. Butcher
York, Pennsylvania, photographer, historian, and architectural expert Scott D. Butcher is one of the four history bloggers for the York Daily Record. His WIndows into York blog offers interesting insights into the history of the individual buildings in York and around the area. The author of several interesting books, his latest effort is perhaps my favorite. Gettysburg Perspectives is one of the best, if not the best, photographic anthologies of Gettysburg. Filled with stunning photographs that are artistic and informative at the same time, this new release from Schiffer Books is well worth adding to your Civil War collection, especially at only $9.99. Soft bound and printed on high quality, clay-coated semigloss paper, the book is well done.
Butcher’s battlefield photographs are excellent, and are wide in their scope and variety. But, perhaps the real charm of the book is his unique interpretation of the buildings of Gettysburg. His architectural background obviously shining through, Scott examines the historic town through his well trained eye for the unusual, the interesting, and the visually appealing. Many of the photos are of scenes that the casual photography would never have captured (or even noted). The people, the buildings, the scenery, the battlefield – it’s all there in this wonderful new book.
I had the privilege of signing copies of my books this past Thursday evening at the American History Store in Gettysburg, and I was speaking with a family from the western U.S. I recommended Scott’s book as a great memory of their visit to Gettysburg, and, after glancing through it, they agreed. One person called it “a great way to share their memories with their family.” I agree – this one is a must have as long after the vacation to Gettysburg is over, Scott Butcher’s fabulous photos will live on.
Scott Butcher’s website with 225 photos of Gettysburg, York County PA, and the Atlantic Coast (as well as Arizona and other places he and his camera have visited) can be viewed by clicking HERE.