The Great Invasion of 1863 or General Lee in Pennsylvania

By: Hoke, Jacob

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Hardcover with dust jacket, grey cloth with gilt spine titles, map endpapers, 14 by 23.3 cm, 613 pp. The hardcover is in very good condition with only faint shelf wear and some minor foxing on the top edge of the textblock - appears unread. The jacket is good with edge wear and rubbing (now in mylar). From the publisher: “Few battlegrounds have assumed the symbolic significance that the plain of Gettysburg has for the American people. There two vast armies met in an engagement that turned the tide of a fierce conflict; there, too, a great President delivered a mighty appeal to the conscience of a nation. Because it was the greatest, Gettysburg is also one of the most analyzed battles of the Civil War. This volume, first published in 1887 and long out of print, is still among the most authoritative works on the subject. The author, Jacob Hoke, was particularly qualified for the task of chronicling the events of the invasion of Pennsylvania and the Battle of Gettysburg. Residing at Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, during the war, the invasion of his state by the Army of Northern Virginia found him virtually on the doorstep of the conflict. Hoke visited both armies in their camps and in their hospitals, examined the battlefields and questions the officers. His motive was patriotic and, in the end, nonpartisan, for he viewed the events at Gettysburg as part of a historic design that transcended sectional strife. Thus, although writing from what was essentially a Unionist standpoint, he consciously strove to avoid partiality in his account. He preserved all the important papers and documents relating to Gettysburg which came into his hands, noted all the facts and incidents, and corresponded with Federal and Confederate officers who were in a position to impart information. In addition, he also had access to the papers of Federal and Confederate writers whose works, he felt, could shed some light on behind-the-line activities in both camps. The book begins with a detailed summary of the organization and objectives of both the Union and Confederate forces engaged at Gettysburg. Hoke estimates the purpose of the invasion of Pennsylvania, Lee's abandonment of his former policy of ‘strategical offensive but tactical defensive,’ and how the new offensive position affected the outcome of the conflict. The invasion itself is covered in minute detail, from the first movement of Stuart's cavalry from the Rappahannock northward to the Union forces crossing the Potomac, from the council of Lee and Hill to General Hooker's resignation and General Meade's advancement, from the forced choice of Gettysburg as the site of the battle to the positions occupied by the various corps of both armies during the night before the engagement. The three days of battle and the retreat of the Confederate forces are described with all the immediacy of an eyewitness report as Hoke recreates the exciting events that foreshadowed the ultimate defeat of the Southern cause. For Jacob Hoke, as for so many others, Gettysburg is a symbol of heroism, of tragedy, of courage, and of vain carnage. His book is as much a dedication to the heroes of both sides as it is a study of the battle in which they fell. Thoughtfully written and carefully documented, The Great Invasion is one of the truly important works in the historiography of the American Civil War.”

Title: The Great Invasion of 1863 or General Lee in Pennsylvania

Author Name: Hoke, Jacob

Categories: Civil War,

Edition: reprint

Publisher: Gettysburg, PA, Stan Clark Military Books: 1992

ISBN Number: 1879664119

ISBN Number 13: 9781879664111

Binding: hardcover

Book Condition: very good

Jacket Condition: good

Seller ID: 3622