Legendary football coach of the University of Georgia Bulldogs, Vince Dooley, who coached them to a national championship–and the coach of the legendary Hershel Walker–is also a noted author and historian. Coach Dooley has done me the distinct honor of writing an endorsement for the soon to be released Echoes From Gettysburg: Georgia’s Memories and Images. It will be released within the next two weeks. Many thanks to Coach Dooley, one of my boyhood heroes for this.
A Congratulatory salute to J. Keith Jones for updating and revising his previous work from 2013 on the Georgians who participated in the Gettysburg campaign. This new work entitled Echoes From Gettysburg: Georgia’s Memories and Images is a significant update to those who fought so hard for their state and its cause. For instance, there were no images or maps in the first book but in this updated version there are forty-six photographs of individuals and locations and eight maps. A significant improvement from the first venture the author would agree.
Georgians were in the thick of the three-day Gettysburg battle especially during the first and second days and during the retreat back to Virginia where certain regiments performed as rear guards. The direct involvement by the soldiers of the ‘Peach State’ is evidenced by the more than 2,700 causalities including many regimental commanders of the more than 13,000 Georgians who were engaged.
There are many Georgia descendants (including the author) today who will be proud of this book that shines a light on their ancestors who gallantly fought and sacrificed for their state on the Hollowed Grounds of the most famous and well documented battle of the entire war.
Co-author of The Legion’s Fighting Bulldog: The Civil War Correspondence of William Gaston Delony, Lieutenant Colonel of Cobb’s Georgia Legion Cavalry, and Rosa Delony, 1853-1863
Former Head Football Coach And Athletic Director University of Georgia