In this Civil War Short, Gary W. Gallagher surveys Confederate
sentiment in the summer of 1863 and argues that many southerners
did not view the battle of Gettysburg as a resounding defeat.
Gallagher makes the compelling case that, although southern
casualties were tremendous, Confederates across the South, along
with the vast majority of Lee's soldiers, persisted in viewing
Robert E. Lee as an invincible commander whose army increasingly
sustained the hopes of the nation. The work was originally
published in The Third Day at Gettysburg and Beyond
by Gary W. Gallagher, which combines fresh evidence with the
reinterpretation of standard sources to testify to the enduring
impact of the Civil War on our national consciousness and refocus
our view of the third day at Gettysburg.
UNC Press Civil War Shorts excerpt rousing narratives from
distinguished books published by the University of North Carolina
Press on the military, political, social, and cultural history of
the Civil War era. Produced exclusively in ebook format, they focus
on pivotal moments and figures and are intended to provide a
concise introduction, stir the imagination, and encourage further
exploration of the topic. For in-depth analysis, contextualization,
and perspective, we invite readers to consider the original
publications from which these works are drawn.