I've just finished reading this for the third time, and I've got to say, I love this book. Coddington gives a detailed description of the campaign, and I was engrossed the whole way through. The only things I felt were a bit lacking are the maps and pictures. The maps are not as easy to follow as other maps I've seen. I felt that the maps in Sears's book were much better. The same goes for the pictures. In Coddington's book, the pictures are rather blurry, and of some of the poorest quality I've seen. The pictures in Sears's book are much clearer, and Sears has a lot more than Coddington's. Other than that, I would highly recommend it to anyone with an interest in the Gettysburg Campaign. I tell people it's the best $26.00 I've ever spent.
Coddington's book is a good reference and many, if not all, the Gettysburg LBG's used it for their exams among the myriad of other texts. I'm just finishing it also for the 3rd time. However, Coddington's book lacks the detail that Pfanz's volumes have, if one is interested in the battle on the regimental and brigade level.
i agree Codington's maps leave a great deal to be desired. Found it easier having Gottfrieds Maps of Gettysburg open while reading Coddington. Has anyone seen Gottfrieds - Artillery of GB? I have his map and brigade books on GB.
Lot's of luck with your endeavor. It's really been enjoyable studying for the test. None of the pressure that I had on me when I was studying for my medical boards. Haven't decided yet to as to if I'm going to take my last board exam ever, recertification in neonatology.