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“Despite his great victory at Gettysburg and his command of the army that forced Lee’s surrender at Appomattox, George Meade saw his fame eclipsed by that of Lee, Grant, and other Civil War generals. This book does a great deal to redress that historical injustice. Tom Huntington has invented a new genre of biography that shifts between past and present as he tells the story of Meade’s life and describes his own pilgrimage to the key sites of that life. The result is an engrossing narrative that the reader can scarcely put down.” —James M. McPherson, author of Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era

Searching for George Gordon Meade is a splendid book! Well-researched, well-reasoned and well-written, it’s a timely and vital addition to the all-too-meager literature on this neglected American hero. Strongly recommended for serious historians as well as for a general readership. Excellent!” —Ralph Peters, author of Cain at Gettysburg

Much more than another Civil War biography, Tom Huntington’s gripping personal ‘search’ for George Gordon Meade is unique and irresistible: a combination life story, military history, travelogue, and cultural commentary that brings us closer than ever to the old general and his strange reputation—and also opens new windows to our own unending search for an understandable national identity.” —Harold Holzer, Chairman, Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation

“[A] refreshingly readable and well-researched book . . . . Searching for George Gordon Meade should be required reading for all those interested in Civil War history.”—Civil War News, July 2013

Searching for George Gordon Meade: The Forgotten Victor of Gettysburg is available now! You can order the book from Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

paperback scanThe paperback edition of Searching for George Gordon Meade: The Forgotten Victor of Gettysburg is now available! You can purchase it through Stackpole Books, Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

Gettysburg Monuments

You can always buy Tom Huntington’s other books, Guide to Gettysburg Battlefield Monuments, Ben Franklin’s Philadelphia and Pennsylvania Civil War Trails. You can get them at or directly from Stackpole Books.

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     /  June 18, 2014

    I look forward to reading this book. I am unaware of any historian making a detailed argument that Lee could have been beaten at Williamsport, never mind destroyed. Until such time, let Meade receive the praise he deserves for Gettysburg- and what followed.

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