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So You Think You Know Gettysburg?: The Stories behind the Monuments and the Men Who Fought One of America's Most Epic Battles

James Gindlesperger and Suzanne Gindlesperger

John F. Blair, Publisher
$19.95 paperback
8 x 8  
188 pages,
270 color photographs, 16 maps
April 2010

If you didn’t sleep through U.S. history class, you’ve heard of Pickett’s Charge. If you’ve seen the movie Gettysburg, you’re familiar with Little Round Top. If you’ve been to the battlefield, you’ve seen the Wheatfield.

But do you know about the ten or so Confederates buried by accident in Gettysburg National Cemetery? Or about the Union general whose embezzling ways kept his bust from being displayed on his brigade’s memorial? Or how that same embezzling general, when asked why he had no monument at Gettysburg, could rightly reply, “Why, hell, the whole battlefield is my monument”?

Authors James and Suzanne Gindlesperger have visited Gettysburg an average of five times annually over the past twenty years. So You Think You Know Gettysburg? shows why they find it a place not only of horrible carnage and remarkable bravery but endless fascination.

Who, or what, was Penelope? Whose dog is depicted on the Eleventh Pennsylvania Monument, and why? What are the Curious Rocks? Why does Gettysburg have two markers for the battle’s first shot, and why are they in different locations?

The plentiful maps, the nearly 200 site descriptions, and the 270-plus color photos in So You Think You Know Gettysburg? will answer questions you didn’t even know you had about America’s greatest battlefield.


  • Winner of the 2010 Bronze Book of the Year Award from Foreword Reviews for Travel Guides


"This is not a book that fits into one slot easily. This is a book wearing many hats, some of them very well, defying a quick or easy description. Part guidebook, part trivia quiz, and part history with a series of fine color photos it is almost impossible to slot this into a category. While doing all of this, the authors avoid creating a mess and give us a well-organized very attractive fun book. Monument descriptions are well written, informative and fun to read. The authors eschew military terms or heavy handed details in favor of an easy to understand style." —James W. Durney, TOCWOC: A Civil War Blog
"Three key things stand out that make this book great. First is the wonderful use of maps. The authors included an overview map of all areas covered, then incorporated into each chapter a map of the area covered, with locations of each monument or spot numbered on that map. Second is the abundance of photographs, one of each spot. This allows those visiting the park to know which monument they are looking at, and, allows readers unable to visit Gettysburg to view one of the more striking features of the region. Finally, the descriptions are quite detailed, incorporating latitude and longitude coordinates, which is good for users of GPS touring the park, as well as providing brief, but detailed descriptions of the site or monument and the people that motivated the particular item covered." —Civil War History, the Blog Between the States