Prof. Allen Guelzo's Gettysburg: The Last Invasion was reviewed in the June 30 Seattle Times.
From the Seattle Times:
On the first three days of July, 1863 — 150 years ago — Union and Confederate forces clashed at Gettysburg, Pa., in what many historians consider the climactic battle of the Civil War. When the carnage ended, the Confederates limped away, leaving the Union victorious — although it was a near thing, according to “Gettysburg: The Last Invasion,” an engaging new book by Allen C. Guelzo.
Estimates vary on the number of troops engaged in the battle, but Gen. George Gordon Meade’s Union Army of the Potomac brought as many as 85,000 men to the field while the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia under Gen. Robert E. Lee mustered about 80,000 men of all arms. The fighting left something like 6,000 men dead and more than 45,000 others wounded or missing.
Guelzo, director of Civil War Era Studies at Gettysburg College, isn’t shy when it comes to expressing his opinions about battle participants. For example, he says Union Gen. Dan Sickles, who without orders moved his troops into a vulnerable position on the second day, “oozed sleaze and dissimulation from every pore.” As for Confederate Gen. George Pickett, whose charge brought the battle to a furious conclusion, Guelzo says that “whatever moments he could spare from self-adornment were devoted to the neglect of his duties.”