A Vast Sea of Misery: A History & Guide to the Union & Confederate Field Hospitals at Gettysburg, July 1-November 20, 1863
By Gregory A. Coco, Daniel E. Fuhrman (Illustrator)
Paperback, 8.5 x 11, 224 pages. Heavily illustrated with b&w photos, maps.
Nearly 26,000 men were wounded in teh three-day battle of Gettysburg. It did not matter if the soldier was Union or Confederate, officer or enlisted man, for the bullets, shell fragments, bayonets and swords made no class or sectional distinction. Of the injured combatants, almost 21,000 were left behind by the two armies, in and around the small village of 2,400 civilians. These maimed and suffering warriors lay in churches, public buildings, private homes, farmhouses, barns and outbuildings, and thousands, unable to move, remained in the open, subject to the uncertain whims of the July elements. All of these men were certainly trapped in the bloody jaws of death. The battle to save the wounded was as terrible as the battle which placed them in such a perilous position. This book will take you into 160 of these frightful places called field hospitals. And after the journey you will never again feel quite the same about Gettysburg.
Inventory Number: BOO 040