Gettysburg 1863 — Seething Hell

by Thomas R. Pero

Voted Best History Book of 2016 by the World's Largest Organization of Independent Book Publishers


Imagine yourself an ordinary foot soldier among tens of thousands of young men, marching for weeks through clouds of dust and quagmires of mud—hot, cold, wet, sweaty, dirty, thirsty, hungry, blistered, bone-tired—rushing to hurl themselves at each other ferociously in the largest battle to the death ever fought in the western hemisphere. Imagine what was it like on those summer days in 1863 when 71,000 Confederate infantry, artillery and cavalry troops waded across the Potomac River, marched through Maryland, and invaded the rolling green and gold farmland of Pennsylvania—with 95,000 Union troops chasing them.

This book tells the sweeping story of the Gettysburg Campaign in dramatic fashion. To bring the marching and battle scenes to life, talented contemporary photographers—some dressed in period-authentic uniforms—participated in 150th Civil War reenactment events across the country. They made more than 100,000 images. Included are action and death scenes shot at Devil’s Den and Little Round Top with special permission from Gettysburg National Military Park. Extraordinary scenes were also staged of Confederates wading across the Potomac at the actual site where General A. P. Hill’s Third Corps of the Army of Northern Virginia did in June 1863.

Several hundred photos were carefully chosen to effectively illuminate this book. The magic of modern digital photography makes the gripping visual imagery in this book possible—including panoramic scenes of the real battlefield with all modern roads and monuments eliminated that will have you doing double-takes. These photographic techniques were simply not available to previous generations of publishers attempting to chronicle the Battle of Gettysburg. These spectacular new images are skillfully combined with rare 1860s personal portraits of soldiers who fought—and were killed, wounded or captured—in the fiery chaos, along with historic photos of the gruesome aftermath of this gigantic 19th century battle. The visual approach is fresh and unprecedented.

But the voices from the battle are the heart of this big book. Thousands of pages of original letters, journals and diaries were combed from dozens of historic collections to create a remarkable eyewitness narrative. Here is the soldiers’ story of Gettysburg—in their own words. This sets Gettysburg 1863Seething Hell apart from many thousands of books about the Civil War. The lavish production offers a stunning new perspective on the most famous battle of the American Civil War. More than a decade in the making, this powerful book is storytelling at its most riveting.

Every copy includes four bonus custom-designed fold-out color maps.

Hardcover with jacket
9 x 12 inches landscape format
406 pages
ISBN 9780989523622
Standard edition: $75
Signed limited edition: $250

Own a Piece of History

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, a limited edition of 150 copies of Gettsyburg 1863Seething Hell by Thomas R. Pero has been created for the serious Civil War enthusiast. Copies are signed and numbered by the author on a distinctive vellum sheet bound into the front of each book. This valuable limited edition is handsomely bound in red leather stamped in embossed metallic copper. A red place-holding ribbon in the book and a leather slipcase finish the attractive set. Perfect for the collector. Also makes a superb gift. Numbers are assigned in the order payment is received. No more will ever be produced.

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About the Publisher

Wild River Press was founded in 2004 in Mill Creek, Washington, with a mission of creating the finest fishing and hunting books in print. Among its signature titles are the landmark Fly Fishing for Striped Bass, Atlantic Salmon Magic, A Passion for Steelhead, and A Passion for Tarpon, written by former Olympic downhill skier Andy Mill and for which President George H. W. Bush wrote the special foreword. These and other Wild River Press books have won a string of multiple gold, silver and bronze medals for editorial and graphic excellence from the Independent Book Publishers Association, Independent Book Publisher, and New Generation Indie Book Awards. Its latest books, Wild Steelhead and A Passion for Grouse, have been nominated for more international awards this year, to be announced at BookExpo America in New York. To see these books, go to
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