Osprey Publishing has released two new titles related to the American Civil War. Timothy J. Orr and Steve Noon again have collaborated to produce the second volume of the series on the July 1-3, 1863, Battle of Gettysburg. This volume covers the second day of the battle; the third book will cover Pickett’s Charge and the fighting on Culp’s Hill and East Cavalry Field. In this second volume, Orr and Noon discuss the struggles for Little Round Top, the Wheatfield, Rose Farm, the Peach Orchard, the Union center, East Cemetery Hill, and the night fight for Culp’s Hill.
The prose is concise and accurate, providing a good overview of the battle. A bibliography offers suggestions for further reading for those wishing to study the battle in more depth.
Noon’s maps and paintings, as well as the liberal selection of period photographs and engravings, add depth and color to the new book. These are of the typical quality that one has come to expect from Osprey’s publications over the years. This book does not disappoint.
The book checks in at 96 pages, with an index and bibliography. The ISBN is 978-1-4728-5464-3.
The other new release is long-time author Ron Field’s book on the U.S. Marine Corps from 1775 to 1859, immediately on the brink of the American Civil War. Artist Adam Hook is also no stranger to Osprey customers, having illustrated many past books.
At 64 pages, this book is a useful general overview of the early history of the U.S. Marine Corps. Hook’s paintings are profuse and colorful.