Pickett's Charge: A New Look at Gettysburg’s Final Attack by Phillip Thomas Tucker, Ph.D.

Pickett's Charge: A New Look at Gettysburg’s Final Attack by Phillip Thomas Tucker, Ph.D.

Pat Young

Brev. Brig. Gen'l
Featured Book Reviewer
Jan 7, 2013
Long Island, NY
Under threat of litigation, CivilWarTalk Presents:

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Pickett's Charge: A New Look at Gettysburg’s Final Attack
Go ahead, take a chance: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1634507967/?tag=civilwartalkc-20
At publishing time this book is being sold for $17.35 for the hardcover at Amazon, but I'm sure there will be cheaper used copies available soon!

I got an email from the author of this book, Mr. Phillip Tucker....
Let me tell you, he was not the happiest visitor to our site. I'd love to share his email with you, but he specifically asked me not to share it, so I won't.

He didn't tell me that I couldn't share with you the subject or the contents of said letter, so let's discuss....

He told me that a new forum had been created that was defaming him and his book. (I didn't create a new forum, did you?) He wanted me to know that his book on Pickett's Charge had been the victim of "slanderous, unethical, and libelous" claims.

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Mr. Tucker plotting his next email to CivilWarTalk...
(Humor guys, it's humor...)
Credit: Amazon

He let me know that the situation was serious! He writes that since he is recognized as one of America's Civil War Historians today as recognized by the biggest names in the Civil War field, and that this situation is creating a smearing of his reputation and books by self-serving people.

He went on blah, blah, blah.

Then he threatens me with legal action if I don't do something about this very quickly...

It's a very serious situation of course!

Well, I won't hide the thread from you, it's this one:

Now I spent about 20 minutes pouring over every post in this thread. Many of the comments were very critical of Mr. Tucker's writing, and his facts, and there are a few mentions of his past books, and a future book coming soon....

Do you see anything defamatory? I don't. I just see critical remarks about his books.

de·fam·a·to·ry adjective - (of remarks, writing, etc.) damaging the good reputation of someone; slanderous or libelous.

I planned to respond to Mr. Tucker, but I blame Ami for stopping me, she said that it's practically email spam, and not worth my time.


So this morning I got a second email from Mr. Tucker. This time he didn't ask that I not publish his email, but I'm going to assume he wants to keep it private anyway, so again, I won't....

He starts his email by writing out my full mailing address, I suppose this is to show that he's serious about getting in contact with me.

He says in his opening that he has had long talks with his defamation lawyers in regards to our thread, and that a lawsuit will be filed if I don't settle this out of court with him.

He then goes to say that he demands his Public Relations page for his book be posted at the beginning of the site (Does he mean the thread, or the CivilWarTalk homepage? Who knows...) and that somehow this will constitute our settlement....

He also sent along a promotional PR document in DOCX format so if you don't use Microsoft products you can't read it.... But nevermind that.....

It's a very urgent matter don't you know!

Well I wrote him back because I couldn't help myself! Here is my email in all its glory:

Mr Tucker,

We have reviewed your case. The discussion in question is in fact a thread, not a forum as you described it in you first email.

In future complaint emails we would suggest that you provide relevant links to any pages you believe contain problematic content. This will allow us to service your request faster. Thanks!

My understanding is that a thread which contains a discussion about your books, your writing style, and the facts presented in your book may contain defamatory content.

However, after a thorough investigation we have found no evidence of defamation. At no time has any member defamed you, they have rather criticized your book, the facts presented within, and the writing style.

As with any product sold to the public, you open yourself to criticism from those who purchase your product. There is nothing wrong with people voicing the criticism for a given product whether it's pizza, a pickup truck, or your book.

I have never promoted nor criticized your book, I believe your problem is with the people who wrote the less than favorable comments, rather than me. The views contained in my website are strictly the opinions of the authors who wrote them and are not sanctioned by CivilWarTalk.com.

I see no copyright infringement, no DMCA violation, and no Libelous comments, and seeing that you are such a well known award winning author, it should be no surprise to you that many of your readers would have a enthusiastic reaction to your writing.

On a side note, I was very happy to hear that all my hard work creating my site has payed off with great rankings on Google for both images and threads about your book, we try our very best to have the most informative discussions about the American Civil War on the web, and your book has proven to be a good discussion topic.

Thanks for sending me the promotional materials, would you like to send along some of the extra unsold copies of your book? I can try to use them as trivia prizes for our monthly trivia game. You already have my address.

Thanks so much!

Mike Kendra
Owner and Webmaster, CivilWarTalk.com

So this afternoon I got another of this guys email in response. He seemed to have cooled off with all the legal threats. But he's still demanding that I post a link for his book and his promo materials. He claims that it's only fair for his reputation.

Honestly his emails go on and on, so I'm not going to bore you with all the details....

So to be fair I wanted to upload a copy of his PR sheet to CivilWarTalk, but it's just not working, that darn DOCX format is not as web friendly as you'd expect.

So, since he does want me to share this document I'll copy what I can below:

“[Pickett’s Charge] contains much to interest and provoke Civil War enthusiasts.”Kirkus

“A thought-provoking and eye-opening study of this pivotal moment in American history.” —Louis P. Masur, PhD. Distinguished Professor of American studies and History, Rutgers University, and author of The Civil War: A Concise History

“…the author does a workman like job of revising many of the myths and misconceptions about the battle.” –Jerry Lenaburg, New York Journal of Books

The Battle of Gettysburg, the Civil War’s turning point, produced more than fifty-seven thousand casualties. It was the battle with the largest number of deaths in a war that turned out to be America’s bloodiest conflict. On the third day of fierce fighting, Robert E. Lee’s attempt to invade the North came to a head in Pickett’s Charge. The infantry assault, consisting of nine brigades of soldiers in a line that stretched for over a mile, resulted in casualties of more than fifty percent for the Confederates and a huge psychological blow to Southern morale.

Pickett’s Charge: A New Look at Gettysburg’s Final Attack (Skyhorse Publishing; August 2016; ISBN 978-1-63450-796-7) is a detailed analysis of one of the most iconic and defining events in American history. This book presents a much-needed fresh look, including the unvarnished truths and ugly realities about the unforgettable story. With the luxury of hindsight, historians have long denounced the folly of Lee’s attack, but this work reveals the tactical brilliance of a master plan that went awry. Special emphasis is placed on the common soldiers on both sides, especially the non-Virginia attackers outside of Pickett’s Virginia Division. These fighters’ moments of cowardice, failure, and triumph are explored using their own words from primary and unpublished sources. Without romance and glorification, the complexities and contradictions of the dramatic story of Pickett’s Charge are revealed in full to relive this pivotal moment in the nation’s life.

About the Author
Phillip Thomas Tucker received his PhD in American history from St. Louis University in 1990. Tucker has authored many books, especially about Gettysburg and the Civil War. He has written about some of the most iconic moments in American history, including George Washington’s Surprise Attack: A New Look at the Battle That Decided the Fate of America (Skyhorse Publishing).

Pickett’s Charge: A New Look at Gettysburg’s Final Attack

By Phillip Thomas Tucker, PhD

Skyhorse Publishing hardcover | On Sale: August 2016

ISBN 978-1-63450-796-7 | $27.99 | 20 B&W photographs

It's funny, I think Kirkus has the best comment as a review of his book: "[Pickett’s Charge] contains much to interest and provoke Civil War enthusiasts." Yeah, he's doing plenty to provoke a response from the readers at CivilWarTalk...

I'm sure Barbra Streisand's Malibu House is spinning on it's foundation.

So, I guess it's just Blackmail then. Okay, fine.

<<Clicks Publish>>

P.S. - If you plan to reply to this thread, make sure you do it in a fair and balanced way, and without defamation. I don't want anyone to be butt-hurt after reading the comments in this thread. Cheers!

I see the author is publishing a book saying there were lots of Black Confederate soldiers.


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Well, uh, claiming that Jews in Hitler's army is a perfectly good source to support the Black Confederate concept is dubious at best (being generous) and unprintable at worst.


Saw that tidbit.

It is sad, but it almost seems that he is not trying to write in support of a particular subject, but rather in its defense...