Book Review: “Lee is Trapped and Must be Taken”: Eleven Fateful Days after Gettysburg, July 4–14, 1863


by Thomas J. Ryan and Richard R. Schaus

El Dorado Hills, Ca.: Savas Beatie, 2019e. Pp. 372. Illus. maps, appends., notes, biblio., index. $32.00. ISBN: 1611215420

Retreat and Pursuit After Gettysburg

“Lee Is Trapped and Must Be Taken” is a remarkable accomplishment of scholarship. Using scores of enlisted men's letters and reflections, commissioned officers' reports, newspaper articles, and civilian recollections Ryan and Schaus offer a fast-paced, day-by-day account of the decisions and the happenstances of the Army of Northern Virginia's flight from Gettysburg as the Army of the Potomac attempted to catch the fast-moving Rebels.

Lee Is Trapped and Must Be Taken” is must-reading, to stand alongside Brown's Retreat From Gettysburg, and Wittenberg's, Petruzzi's, and Nugent's "One Continuous Fight".

This notice originally appeared on March 3, 2020, on the “Civil War Librarian” blog (, used with permission.


Our Reviewer: Professor Redd (Waynesburg University), is the author of From Altars to Amputations: Gettysburg Churches Become Battlefield Hospitals: A History and Walking Tour (El Dorado Canyon: Savas Beatie Publishing, June 2018), and maintains the blog “Civil War Librarian” (


Note: “Lee is Trapped, and Must be Taken” is also available in several e-editions.


StrategyPage reviews are published in cooperation with The New York Military Affairs Symposium

Reviewer: Rea Andrew Redd   

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