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I thought I had read all the biographies of Civil War Generals. I was, therefore, most surprised that I had not read anything about General George Pickett (1825-1875). This is a short book just over three hours long by the Charles River Editors. I have read a few books the group has published and found them interesting, if short.
George Pickett finished last in his West Point class of 1846. His goal was to score just enough to pass and still allow him lots of time to play. He revealed his abilities and bravery in the Mexican War. I found the section about his time stationed in the State of Washington most interesting, particularly keeping the British from landing on San Juan Island. The book covers the famous “Pickett’s Charge” at Gettysburg but also provides a brief review of this life before, during and after the Civil War.
The book is well written and researched. A significant amount of the information comes from the letters Pickett wrote to his wife. The authors point out the falsehoods and rumors from the facts about Pickett.
Dan Gallagher does a good job narrating the book.
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