STORMING THE WHEATFIELD: John Caldwell's Union Division in the Gettysburg Campaign
This gripping narrative is an in-depth study of the valiant men of General John Caldwell's Union Division during the Gettysburg Campaign. Caldwell's Division made a desperate stand against a tough and determined Confederate force in farmer George Rose's nearly 20-acre Wheatfield. Ready for harvest, the infamous Wheatfield would change hands nearly six times in the span of two hours of fighting on July 2, becoming a trampled, bloody, no-man's land for thousands of wounded soldiers. Includes 62 illustrations.
Smith examines the lives of the Union soldiers in the ranks -- as well as leaders Cross, Kelly, Zook, Brooke, and Caldwell himself. From Colonel Edward Cross's black bandana, to the famed Irish Brigade's charge on Stoney Hill, to a lone young man from Washington County whose grave is marked in stone nearby. Smith painstakingly contacted nearly one hundred descendants of Caldwell's soldiers as part of his research.
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Updated as of 3/16/2023ABBREVIATIONS: dj-dust jacket, biblio-bibliography, b/w-black and white, illust-illustrations, b/c-book club addition.
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