The 151st Pennsylvania Volunteers at Gettysburg

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About the Book

While the Battle of Gettysburg is often remembered for Chamberlain’s dramatic defense of Little Round Top, Pickett and Pettigrew’s tragic charge, and the stand of the “Iron Brigade,” less-remembered units like the 151st Pennsylvania were also crucial in the Civil War’s most famous battle. The 151st lost over 72 percent of its men to death, wounds, or capture, the second-highest-percentage loss of all Federal units at the battle. This is the account of that courageous unit and its role in this decisive moment in American history.

About the Author(s)

Michael A. Dreese is the author of five books and numerous journal articles on topics including Pennsylvania and the American Civil War. An award-winning photographer, he is the president of the Friends and Descendants of the 151st Pennsylvania, and vice-president of the Susquehanna Civil War Round Table. He lives in Kreamer, Pennsylvania.

Bibliographic Details

Michael A. Dreese

Foreword by Timothy H. Smith

Format: softcover (7 x 9.25)
Pages: 200
Bibliographic Info: 62 photos, maps, appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2009 [2000]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-4577-6
eISBN: 978-1-4766-0772-6
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      vii
Foreword by Timothy H. Smith      1
Introduction      3

Chapter 1: Countdown to Glory      5
Chapter 2: The March North: June 12–June 30, 1863      19
Chapter 3: July 1, 1863      32
Chapter 4: July 2nd & 3rd, 1863      67
Chapter 5: The Final Days: July 4–July 27, 1863      81
Chapter 6: Hospital Scenes      87
Chapter 7: Twenty Months in Dixie      111
Epilogue      131

Appendix I: What’s in a Name?      153
Appendix II: List of Casualties of the 151st Pennsylvania Volunteers in the Battle of Gettysburg, July 1–3, 1863      157
Notes      161
Bibliography      183
Index      187

Book Reviews & Awards

  • “attractive…well-written and researched…belongs in every Gettysburg library and can easily serve as a model on how to write an exceptional regimental history”—North & South
  • “nicely produced…aptly illustrated…Dreese’s vivid narrative and eye for accurate detail lends a real ‘you are there’ feel to the book.”—Flesh and Bones
  • “this is an excellent, well written unit study and a ‘must’ for students of the Gettysburg Campaign. Recommended”—Crossfire
  • “a fine job. Numerous maps and photographs…a valuable tool for studying one of the most ferocious battles of the American Civil War”—Civil War Book Review
  • “well researched…well written…the author has done his homework…informative…valuable…add this volume to [your] Civil War bookshelf”—The Civil War News
  • “catches a reader’s interest…an excellent book, well written and richly illustrated, and well designed…anyone interested in the Civil War in general, or Gettysburg in particular, will find the story he weaves of great interest, and the nicely illustrated book worth the price”—The Civil War Courier.