Morningside House, 1997. Hardcover. Octavo. 842 pages. Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. Faint brown spotting to top edge of textblock. Slight ripples to jacket spine. Clean and sound.
Bachelder was the most important 19th century historian of the Battle of Gettysburg. He arrived on the field soon after the battle and spent the next 23 years talking to veterans of both armies, collecting and organizing their stories, researching reports, and organizing reunions so that monuments could be placed accurately. The War Department contracted with Bachelder for a history of the battle, which he delivered in 1886. The work comprised 2500 pages and was accompanied by excellent maps. It was never published, and languished for over 100 years until publication of this edition, transcribed, edited, and annotated by David L. And Audrey J. Ladd.