Monthly Archives: July 2013

Interlibrary Loan Service Interruption

Interlibrary Loan service will be unavailable until July 22. The Miami University Libraries are moving to a new service for processing Interlibrary Loan (ILL) requests to better serve our faculty and students. During this time ILL requests cannot be accepted because they cannot be processed. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

The new ILL software service will enable borrowers to see current items checked out, renew items online, and review past requests — all of which are new services.

We look forward to continuing to serve our faculty and students following this enhancement of our services.

Rentschler Library Closed for Independence Day

Rentschler Library will be closed July 4, 2013 in observation of Independence Day. We will reopen Friday, July 5 at 8:00 am and resume our Summer hours at that time. Happy 4th of July!


150th anniversary of Battle of Gettysburg

gettyburgImg2July 1st is the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Battle of Gettysburgh, a Civil War battle hailed by historian Allen C. Guelzo as “the most violent collision the North American Contintent had ever seen.” *  Lasting three days, the battle is often seen as a turning point in a very bloody conflict. Attesting to the level of violence, the Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military says that the “combined casualties, with slightly more on the Confederate side, were more than 50,000.”

There are many great books and websites on Gettysburg and other Civil War battles. Here is a sampling of the Gettysburg books at Rentschler Library and in other Miami University collections. Books marked with  a double asterisk (**) after the call numbers are in other Miami University Libraries. You can browse the library shelves at E 456-655 (Library of Congress Classification system) for more titles. Your local public library would have books in the 973.7 section (Dewey Decimal Classification system)

“Gettysburg: The Last Invasion.” Allen C. Guelzo, 2013 – E475.53 .G875 2013
“Gettysburg.” Stephen W. Sears. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2004 –  E475.53 .S43 2004

“Pickett’s Charge: A Microhistory of the Final Attack at Gettysburg, July 3, 1863.” George R. Stewart Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1959. E475.53 .S86 1959

“Beneath a Northern Sky: A Short History of the Gettysburg Campaign.”  Steven E. Woodworth. Lanham, Md: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2008.  E475.51 .W66 2008

“Gettysburg Heroes: Perfect Soldiers, Hallowed Ground.” Glenn W. LaFantasie. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2008. – E475.53 .L235 2008 **

“The Civil War 100: The Stories Behind the Most Influential Battles, People and Events in the War between the States. Michael Lanning. Naperville, Ill: Sourcebooks, 2006 – E525 .O39 2006

Fiction and poetry:
“The Killer Angels: A Novel.” Michael Shaara. New York: McKay, 1974 – PS3569 .H2 K44x 1975

“Cain at Gettysburg.” Ralph Peters New York: Forge, 2012 – PS3566.E7559 C35 2012**

“My Brother’s Keeper.” Mary P. Osborne. New York: Scholastic, 2000 – PZ7.O81167 Mt 2000 **

“Three Days.” Stephen Longstreet. New York: Julian Messner, 1947 – PS3523.O486 T57 1947x **

“The Bride of Gettysburg: An Episode of 1863. in Three Parts.” J.D. Hylton. Palmyra, N.J, 1878. – 813 H999b **

“The Columbia Book of Civil War Poetry.” Richard Marius and Keith Frome. New York: Columbia University Press, 1994. – PS595.C55 C65 1994 **


Battle of Gettysburg – The official site of the Gettysburg Foundation a “non-profit educational organization working in partnership with the National Park Service to enhance preservation and understanding of the heritage and lasting significance of Gettysburg

National Park Service’s Civil War Series: The Battle of Gettysburg.  A free e-book on the Battle.

Gettysburg: from the Civil War Trust a non-profit “devoted to the preservation of our nation’s endangered Civil War battlefields.”

Battle of Gettysburg: a Timeline – from National Public Radio

Image credit:  “The battle of Gettysburg ” / P.F. Rothermel 1870.  Print showing artist’s rendition of clash between Union and Confederate troops, possibly during Pickett’s charge, at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C.