Spring 2022

This has not been a good spring for me, health-wise. I shouldn’t complain, as it is only bad allergies that went into an upper respiratory infection, but it almost sidelined me for a month. Losing one’s voice is definitely a detriment to a tour guide. I am feeling better now and am moving forward on my project.

Here’s what I have in the works:

  • Maps of Spotsylvania through Cold Harbor– Is off to the printer. I doubt whether we will see it until 2023, but I think you will like it when it finally arrives. It is my eighth map book.
  • The Antietam Paintings of James Hope– This full-color booklet featuring a study of James Hope’s wonderful Antietam panorama paintings (five) is now at the printer. We are keeping our fingers crossed that it comes out well.
  • Maps of the Second Bull Run Campaign- I am back to this project. Believe it or not, the fighting on August 29 along the unfinished railroad cut may have been the most confusing and difficult of all of my map books.
  • Lee’s Retreat/Meade’s Pursuit book- This will be Linda and my second volume in the Emerging Civil War Series. This one still needs a name, though. The text is complete (at least the first draft). Now, I am working on the tour and Linda is handling the illustrations. Dean Shultz, the Gettysburg icon, will be taking me along on a day-long journey following in Lee’s and Meade’s footprints. I hope my 72 year old body can keep up with Dean, even though he is a decade my senior.

Stay well and enjoy the nice weather!

Riding the Circuit

I continue to give talks at Civil War Round Tables. The photo below is from earlier in April (2022) when I visited the Henry Ryerson Civil War Round Table in New Jersey (which I helped form many years ago). Very good turnout and such nice folks!

Here is my upcoming schedule of talks:

May, 2022:

  • 19th: Camp May (NJ) CWRT: Lee Invades the North
  • 25th: Pipe Creek CWRT: TBD (Zoom)

June, 2022:

  • 2nd: Camp Olden CWRT (NJ): Lee Invades the North
  • 10th: Gettysburg College CW Institute Conference: Cavalry in the Gettysburg Campaign

15th Jacob Rohrbach Inn (Sharpsburg Maryland): The Brigades of Antietam

23rd: North Jersey Civil War Round Table: Cavalry in the Gettysburg Campaign

July , 2022:

  • 19th: Delaware Valley CWRT: Topic TBD

November, 2022:

  • 11th: Capital District CWRT (Albany, NY): Topic TBD
  • 15th: Central Penna CWRT: Lincoln Comes to Gettysburg

April, 2023:

  • 11th: Southern Maryland CWRT: TBD
  • 17th Greater Pittsburgh CWRT: Pt. Lookout Prisoner of War Camp
  • 27th: Hagerstown CWRT: TBD

June, 2023

  • 12th Rappahannock Valley CWRT: Lee Invades the North

September, 2023

  • 28th: Gettysburg CWRT: TBD  

Hope to see you at one of them!

Lee Invades the North: A Comparison of the Antietam and Gettysburg Campaigns

When people ask me what I did during the worst of the pandemic, I tell them that I worked on two projects: The Brigades of Antietam, which was published last September and the Lee Invades the North book, which just came out this week.

It came out better than expected. It weighs in at 494 pages and is filled with 35 maps and 23 comparison tables. Here is the description on the back of the book’s dust jacket:

The two major battles (e.g., Antietam and Gettysburg) that ended Lee’s invasion of the North are among the most studied conflicts in the American Civil War. However, no full-book treatment comparing the two campaigns have been published—this volume attempts to rectify that deficiency.

You will find reviews and comparisons of all aspects of the two campaigns, including:

  • The military and political environment at the beginning of each campaign
  • Why Lee undertook the invasions
  • The armies and their leaders
  • The condition of the armies
  • Military intelligence
  • Getting to the battlefield
  • Battles along the way
  • Battlefield terrain
  • Initial encounters
  • The three phases of battle in each campaign
  • The armies and their commanders-in-chiefs
  • Post-campaign events
  • Final thoughts

This book is written for all readers. Anyone who is not familiar with the campaigns might wish to read the entire volume; those with greater knowledge will benefit by concentrating on the comparison sections.

Lee Invades the North is illustrated with 35 maps and 23 comparison tables that illustrate the similarities and differences of the two campaigns.

The book is now available for sale. There are two versions. The hardback format retails for $39.99, but I am selling it to those who frequent this site for $35 and that includes postage. The paperback version retails for $29.99 and I am selling it for $25.00 and that includes postage. I can do Paypal (bradgottfried@yahoo.com). If interested, send me an email.

Great Review of our Lincoln Book

Sarah C. from Savas Beatie just sent us a review printing in the NYMAS Newsletter Winter/Spring 2021-222 (page 16). Here it is:

Lincoln Comes to Gettysburg:
The Creation of the Soldiers’ National
Cemetery and Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address
,
by Bradley Gottfried and Linda Gottfried


There have been many books written on
Abraham Lincoln’s visit to Gettysburg and his
famous address there, but few tie the battle of
Gettysburg and the deaths and burial of over
8,000 soldiers, with the creation of the Soldiers’
Cemetery and the President’s visit and speech. In
Lincoln Comes to Gettysburg, Bradley Gottfried,
the author of many books on the Civil War and
his wife, graphic designer and sculptor Linda
Gottfried, describe the proceedings concerning
the establishment and dedication of the Soldiers’
National Cemetery, concentrating on Lincoln’s
travels and two-day visit to Gettysburg on
November 18- 19, 1863. The book uses text,
anecdotes, and images to explain the founding of
the cemetery, and the ceremony memorializing
the significant actions of the Army of the
Potomac and their consequences.
In the aftermath of the battle in July, Lincoln
was invited to make a few remarks to help
dedicate the new cemetery. He spoke briefly of
the battle, the war, and the founding of the
country with the Declaration of Independence
and the Constitution, but primarily of the soldiers
who survived as well as those who died and the
need to complete the task that they had begun, to
restore the nation. His 272 words inspired the
North to bring the war to an end, to preserve and
extend the rule of the people. Even the primary
orator, Edward Everett – who spoke for two
hours — was unable to summarize the issues as
well as Lincoln in his brief address.
No famous speech is shorter than Abraham
Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, and none has been
analyzed at greater length. Can anything still be
said about the speech that has not already been
said? The answer is yes. The Gottfrieds offer
fresh and stimulating insights on the origins,
meaning, impact, and continuing relevance of the
Address.
Their account unfolds in thirteen short
chapters, providing a blow-by-blow looks at the
circumstances, need, planning for the cemetery,
the leadership and competition between people
such as David Wills and David McConaughy,
who helped create the cemetery, the ceremony
itself, and the writing, reaction, and legacy of the
Gettysburg Address. They offer what is equally a
sympathetic and nuanced story of the individual
human beings who died in the battle and were
buried at the cemetery. The Gottfrieds carefully
intersperse the tale of the establishment of the
cemetery and the dedication with first hand
accounts of the experiences of individual soldiers
and others, thus adding many often thoughtful
details that for this writer brought to life this
crucial moment in our country’s history and
made me think about it in a new way.
Three appendices – Lincoln’s activities at
Gettysburg, the perception of the Address, and a
tour of the cemetery – plus numerous maps and
many illustration which enrich the Gottfried’s
account.
Well written, hard to put down, and an
excellent read. Lincoln Comes to Gettysburg is
among the best volumes in Savas Beatie’s
“Emerging Civil War Series” and is highly
recommended.

Lincoln Comes to Gettysburg: The Creation
of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery and
Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address
, by Bradley
Gottfried and Linda Gottfried. El Dorado Hills,
Ca.: Savas Beatie, 2021. Pp. xii, 182. Illus.,
maps, appends., index. $14.95 paper, ISBN 978-
1-6112-1561-8. –David Marshall

Brigades of Antietam now available!

I am pleased to announce that the Brigades of Antietam is now available! It is the companion to my Brigades of Gettysburg and is just as big– actually bigger as it is a larger format.

Like the Gettysburg volume, it covers all of the infantry brigades that fought at Antietam, but it has some important differences. First, it includes the cavalry and second, it covers the entire companion, from the time the armies leave their jumping off sites, through the preliminary battles (e.g., Harpers Ferry and South Mountain) and concludes with the battle of Shepherdstown (for those units that fought there). Like the Gettysburg volume, it includes tons of first-hand accounts, information on the regiments and the brigade commanders.

I go smart on this one– rather than penning all of the entries myself, I called upon a group of experts (almost 20) to contribute entries. This includes Antietam Certified Guides, Rangers, and long-term volunteers who have a passion for the campaign and it allowed them to share their knowledge of units dear to them.

There will be a subsequent volume: The Artillery of Antietam, authored by Jim Rosebrock, that will complement the Brigades book. That volume will be published in 2022.

The book was published by the Antietam Institute, a new non-profit that promotes the Antietam/Maryland Campaign. It is also publishing a journal twice a year, and hosts an annual fall conference and a spring symposium.

I encourage all of you to consider joining this worthy organization that promotes the study and better understanding of this seminal campaign. Best of all, members either get the book/journal for free, or at a reduced price, depending on the level of membership.

Check out the Institute’s website: antietaminstitute.org for additional information.

“Lincoln Comes To Gettysburg” Is Available!

The pandemic delayed lots of publishing projects and one was our book on the formation of the Gettysburg National Cemetery and its dedication. While the title suggests the book is all about Lincoln, it is not.

Brad and Linda with their new book

A large portion of the book deals with why the cemetery was formed, who paid for it, who designed it, and who planned it. It is a fascinating story of politics, pragmatism, patriotism, and just hard work.

About half the book is devoted to the actual dedication ceremony– its planning and implementation. There are so many conflicting stories and myths about Lincoln’s visit. It was both fun and frustrating trying to tease out truth from fiction. In the end, we mainly provided the varying viewpoints and let the reader decide for himself/herself. Aspects as basic as the appearance of the horse Lincoln rode, whether he read his speech or not, whether there was applause, whether Lincoln was sick and infected many people during his visit, and even the location of the speakers’ platform are all open to debate.

Chris Mackowski, editor of the Emerging Civil War Series was a joy to work with. What a wonderful professional!

The book runs 170 pages and is jam-packed with photos and graphics. We had fun working on it and hope you will have a chance to read it.

The book sells for $14.95. If you are interested in a personalized copy, write to me at bradgottfried@yahoo.com and we can oblige.

Update on projects

Thanks, Don Hallstrom, for suggesting an update on my projects.

1- Brigades of Antietam: All but four of the entries (there are well over a hundred) have been penned and edited. Putting on the finishing touches as the authors proof (again) their entries and I get the maps, bibliography, notes, and index in order. I am still shooting for a publication date sometime in June.

2- Lee Invades the North: A Comparison of Robert E. Lee’s Maryland and Pennsylvania Campaigns: Is also finished and I am finishing the proofing, creating maps, and creating the end materials.

3- Maps of Shiloh: I continue working with Sean Chick on this volume. We are making good progress.

No further word on the Lincoln book– is supposed to be out by June, but is still being proofed. As soon as I get through #1 or #2, I will return to the Maps of Second Bull Run Campaign. I have been told that proofing of the Maps of Spotsylvania Through Cold Harbor will begin soon.

Many Projects

The combination of retirement and the pandemic has given me lots of time for research and writing. This is an update. I am hoping to post more regularly. I am learning so many neat things that I would like to pass along.

Lincoln Comes to Gettysburg: The Story of the Formation of the Soldiers National Cemetery and its Consecration: This book will be part of the Emerging Civil War Series and is in galley proof and ready to go. I hope it will be published before the upcoming summer.

Maps of Spotsylvania Through Cold Harbor: The manuscript has been finished for awhile. It is now out for review and I hope to get it to Ted Savas before the spring. The editorial process takes awhile, so it won’t be out until 2022 at the earliest. Seems so far away…

Maps of Petersburg/Appomattox: The manuscript is about 2/3rds of the way finished. It is bloody total-war and some of the engagements, like the Crater, are very difficult to comprehend.

Maps of Second Bull Run: I decided to take a break from Petersburg and have hopped onto Second Bull Run. Many have asked me about working on that project and I aim to please. I have finished 40 map-text sets, and have just about completed the battle of First Bristoe Station. I found the battle of Cedar Mountain to be especially fascinating.

Brigades of Antietam: I’ve already mentioned how a number of fellow Antietam Battlefield Guides are collaborating on this project. I am editing the project. It is almost done and I hope it will be published before the summer.

Lee Invades the North: A Comparison of the Two Confederate Invasions of the North: This book is also finished and is being reviewed by a couple of great historians. Some really interesting similarities and a like number of differences.

Hope I will keep all of you busy reading at least some of these books in the future!

The Maps of the Cavalry at Gettysburg Finally Published!

I’m pleased to announce that my Maps of the Cavalry at Gettysburg has finally been published and it was worth the wait!

The Maps of the Cavalry at Gettysburg: An Atlas of Mounted Operations from Brandy Station Through Falling Waters, June 9 – July 14, 1863 (Savas Beatie Military Atlas Series) by [Bradley M. Gottfried]

Although a bit slimmer than most of my other map volumes (226 pages) it is loaded with maps. There are 83 pages of full-color maps, many have two maps on the page.

This double map shows the action at Goose Creek on June 21, 1863.

I wrote this book to augment my Maps of Gettysburg book which did not include many cavalry actions because of space limitations.

Let me know if you would like a personally inscribed book. I am setting them at $34 (includes postage).

The Spotsylvania through Cold Harbor book is finished and should be published within the next 18 months.