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The Star of Gettysburg

Joseph A. Altsheler

Book Overview: 

The Army of Northern Virginia, still victorious after three hard years of fighting, capitalize on their victories at Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville, and a young Harry Kenton, is an eyewitness to the Confederate invasion of the north, culminating in the epic three-day struggle at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, where Robert E. Lee puts into place a strategy that will end the war, or shatter his army.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .lant people, sir, almost equal in fire and dash to the South Carolinians."

Stuart smiled. He knew that it was meant as a compliment of the first class, and as such he took it.

"I think, sir," he said, "that I am speaking to Colonel Leonidas Talbot?"

"You are, sir, and the gentleman on my right is the second in command of this regiment, Lieutenant-Colonel Hector St. Hilaire, a most noble gentleman and valiant and skillful officer. We have met you before, sir. You saved us before Bull Run when we were beleaguered at a fort in the Valley."

"Ah, I remember!" exclaimed Stuart. "And a most gallant fight you were making. And I recognize this young officer, too. He was the messenger who met me in the fields. Your hand, Mr. Kenton."

He stretched out his own hand in its long yellow buckskin glove, and Harry, flushing with pride, shook it warmly.

"It's good of you, General," he said, "to remember m. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Another in the Civil War series covering the time in the east after Antietam through Gettysburg. It is covered from the southern side. It's typical of the other books which do a good job of describing the war for young readers. I strongly recommend this series for the interested teenager that wan...more

This story of the Civil War begins before Fredericksburg, then through the Wilderness Campaign and the Battle of Chancellorsville and ends after Gettysburg. The primary protagonist is a young junior officer on the staff of Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson. Although the book doesn’t go into great detail...more

We need to know the history of our country as recorded here. I wish we all spent more time learning our history as it was rather than how we perceive it. They were honorable men.

Like reading the movie “Gods and Generals”

A civil war buff’s dream, this book delivers exactly what happened or at least as good as history can remember. At times I felt like I was watching that famous movie mentioned above from Fredericksburg to Gettysburg. By the way, if you haven’t seen that m...more

Before starting this series, I had a general knowledge of the Civil War and it's characters. Now, I feel as though I know a lot more about it than I was taught in school. I realize this is Historical Fiction and has taken a few liberties here and there (though Altsheler assures us he has done his...more

A great story

I am always saddened when reading about the Civil War and the huge loss of life on both sides plus the huge loss of animals and it proves the barbaric mentality of one man against another,it was a war that didn't need to happen and society is still feeling the effects of it.

So far, the best book of the series. Especially good accounts of the battles at Fredericksburg, The Wilderness, and Gettysburg.