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I chose this book because all of the other books I d ever read about the Battle of Gettysburg dealt only with the battle itself, not the town or its people This book cleared up a lot of misconceptions that I had about the aftermath of the battle It is concise and well written I would have liked to seeof the background details of the town s inhabitants though. #EPUB ê When the Smoke Cleared at Gettysburg ⚣ In Julythe bloodiest and most decisive battle of the Civil War was fought near the sleepy town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania While many books have been written about the landmark battle, When the Smoke Cleared at Gettysburg differs from the rest by detailing the horrific aftermath of the battle, detailing what it takes to put a town back together after two armies have fought through its streets and across the surrounding countryside The small town of , inhabitants was faced with the enormous problem of burying than , dead soldiers and caring for , wounded men who had been left behind by both armies Fields that just days earlier maintained crops and livestock were now littered with firearms, munitions, and swords, and nearly every building still standing was turned into a field hospital with mounds of amputated limbs left behind after the surgeons had completed their grizzly work When the Smoke Cleared at Gettysburg provides firsthand accounts of life in the town and on the battlefield in the days and months following the brutal fighting Included are stories and vivid descriptions from soldiers, reporters, civilians, doctors, and nurses Good Samaritans came to help the wounded and the dying, and profiteers and souvenir hunters were not far behind Then came the politicians, followed by legions of families seeking the remains of their fallen sons When the Smoke Cleared at Gettysburg presents the heart breaking human misery resulting from his battle and by the ongoing war wherever it went From the backbreaking chore of clearing the battlefield of the wounded and dead to nursing the amputees, one can learn much of the battle by seeing what ordinary people who were pulled into the war did to survive and rebuild their lives Very provocative look into how people handled the deadliest battle that took place in a small farming and trade town So much is said about the battle, but this is about the people of the town, how they helped the soldiers who were left behind, the creation of the cemetery, and how they got on with their lives afterwards if they were able to.This is truly the story about the people behind the scenes whose lives were forever changed by those 3 eventful days. As a quick note, I didn t think this was nearly as good as Gregory Coco s book Strange and Blighted Land. I often wonder what it must have been like for the people left behind after the great battles of the Civil War George Sheldon s book does an excellent job of putting the reader back in Gettysburg after the smoke cleared. Excellent read about the aftermath at Gettysburg Research is phenomenal and author George Sheldon keeps the story moving. A side of the battle not often mentioned or studied. See this review on 1776books.nethttp 1776books.blogspot.com 2010 07I happen to have the good fortune of living about 2 hours from Gettysburg therefore, a yearly fall trip is always on our calendar While there, we visit the usual memorials and museums After reading this almost minute by minute account of the 3 day battle where so much blood was shed, I have a much better understanding of the horror that happened there.When the Smoke Cleared at Gettysburg not only focuses on the battle, See this review on 1776books.nethttp 1776books.blogspot.com 2010 07I happen to have the good fortune of living about 2 hours from Gettysburg therefore, a yearly fall trip is always on our calendar While there, we visit the usual memorials and museums After reading this almost minute by minute account of the 3 day battle where so much blood was shed, I have a much better understanding of the horror that happened there.When the Smoke Cleared at Gettysburg not only focuses on the battle, but also the before and after The reader is able to create vivid pictures in the mind through diary accounts of Gettysburg residents, surgeons, and nurses We learn that free African Americans, if captured by the Confederacy, would be marched to the South into a life of slavery We learn about Tillie Pierce, whose diary accounts are studied thoroughly by historians today We learn about the new practice of embalming the dead, so that soldiers could be shipped back to their loved ones for proper burial We learn the minute details of the fascinating 50th and 75th reunions of the blue and the gray.This book is not for the faint of heart, as the descriptions and especially the photos, are very graphic However, When the Smoke Cleared at Gettysburg is not a dry textbook rendition of the battle Sheldon takes a humanistic approach, which no textbook could ever compete with.MY RATING 5 The author, apparently a local historian, seems to be very committed to his subject He s done his research and has some great stories to tell He dispatches with the actual battle in a few short chapters and focuses on local residents, which is fine I find military history pretty tedious Unfortunately, he s just not a very good writer I blame the editor if there was one maybe this is a vanity publication Awkwardly constructed sentences, repetition, typos And even at only 260 pages, it The author, apparently a local historian, seems to be very committed to his subject He s done his research and has some great stories to tell He dispatches with the actual battle in a few short chapters and focuses on local residents, which is fine I find military history pretty tedious Unfortunately, he s just not a very good writer I blame the editor if there was one maybe this is a vanity publication Awkwardly constructed sentences, repetition, typos And even at only 260 pages, it was too long It seems there were really only a few, obvious problems after the battle Dealing with the incredible number of wounded and with the dead Not to discount these I m convinced it was a horrible situation But there are only so many ways to tell those stories without repeating yourself, and that s what the author does This would have been a bit better if it were shorter