Dr. Chris Mackowski, professor of journalism and mass communication at St. Bonaventure University, has published a new book about the most famous battle of the American Civil War.
“Fight Like the Devil: The First Day at Gettysburg, July 1, 1863” chronicles the fighting that occurred during the first day of the Battle of Gettysburg. According to Mackowski, writing about the battle is difficult because so many historians have already covered the subject. However, Mackowski said that the importance of the first day of the battle is often marginalized.
“Day One particularly gets overlooked at the battle of Gettysburg,” Mackowski said. “People love the heroics at Little Round Top on Day Two, or the tragedy and futility of Pickett’s Charge on Day Three. But Day One sets it all up, and there are some fascinating stories there.”
“Fight like the Devil” is Mackowski’s fifth book in Savas Beatie LLC’s Emerging Civil War Series. The series contains 12 titles in all.
The book was written with the assistance of Kristopher D. White and Daniel T. David. White, a former licensed battlefield guide at Gettysburg, provided his significant knowledge of the battle while Davis, a former historian for the United States Army, provided a military viewpoint. Mackowski served as the catalyst, telling their stories in an easy-to-understand manner.
“My job is, typically, to take all that work and smooth it into an accessible, readable narrative,” Mackowski said. “My job is to focus on the storytelling.”
Historian Mark Dunkelman, who has studied the 154th New York Infantry, a group that fought in the first day of the battle, wrote the book’s forward.
“Fight Like the Devil” can be pre-ordered on Amazon.com. Copies will be released in paperback on May 19.
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