So You Think You Know Gettysburg?: Volume 2
John F. Blair, Publisher
8 x 8
270 color photographs and 13 maps
May 1, 2014
Nearly two million people visit Gettysburg National Military Park annually, but most of them possess only a rudimentary knowledge of the battle and restrict their travel to the well-established tourist routes. Few know the stories behind the monuments that dot the battlefield. However, those back stories are often as fascinating as the story of the battle itself.
In their award-winning So You Think You Know Gettysburg? James and Suzanne Gindlesperger had to make difficult decisions when deciding which of the 200 sites to include out of the 1,300 battlefield monuments. At their frequent book signings in Gettysburg, customers were asked for a second volume so they could learn even more about the monuments throughout the park.
In So You Think You Know Gettysburg? Volume 2, the Gindlespergers expound on the histories of an additional 200+ park attractions. The area maps and 270+ color photographs make this guide a welcome addition for the park visitor or the armchair traveler.
"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