So I started browsing kindle books, and happened on Newt Gingrich, William Fortschen, and Albert Hanser's "Gettysburg - A Novel of the Civil War". This is an alternative history of the battle of Gettysburg that happened on the first three days of July 1863.
I said what the hell, let's see what this is all about, and downloaded the kindle version.
I love this whole kindle experience, by the way. Books are cheaper, they download in no time at all, and the reading experience is fine.
|Bobbie Lee. Just as Lee only |
called one of his generals by their
first name, only one person on earth
is allowed to call me Bobbie.
Gingrich's book recounts the first day pretty much as it happened, but then it diverges dramatically from the actual events, and it works well. We know that on the second day of the real battle, Longstreet argued for a flanking movement around the Union left, to get in their rear, and also cut their lines of communication with their supply base at the railhead in Westminster, Maryland. Lee vetoed this.
In this book, Lee agrees with Longstreet's concept, and maneuvers his army south, flanking Meade, capturing the Union supply depot at Westminster, and establishing a strong defensive position along Pipe Creek, where Meade had originally planned and hoped to fight his own defensive battle. A nice irony, one of many in this book.