“Impressively well researched, written, organized and presented,”The Yankees Had Something To Do With It” is an informed and inherently fascinating read that is very highly recommended reading for anyone with an interest in the history of the American Civil War in general, and the Battle of Gettysburg in particular. Certain to be an enduringly popular addition to the growing library of American Civil War literature, “The Yankees Had Something To Do With It” is very highly recommended for personal, community, and academic library collections.”— Midwest Book Review, Jan. 2016
“It is the rare writer who makes the transition from compiling an intelligently-crafted book of hard facts (ref. “What They Endured, What They Wrought”) to novel-like prose based on the same subject matter. HOTALING EXCELS AT THE TRANSITION. With the ingenuity and sophistication of one who is present at the many confab’s that occurred on the bloody battlefield of Gettysburg, having access to not only the conversations, but even the very thoughts of the Union generals, the author opens new windows onto a pivotal moment in American history, and has released fresh new insights and analyses that result from his considerable research. This author, in both of his works, is obviously not merely knowledgeable about his subject, but balances his erudition and enthusiasm by relating the events, not as Gettysburg myths would have them be related, but as they in fact were. The result is a compelling read that is impossible to put down. (I read it in one sitting.)” — GLBway, Amazon reviewer
“The horror of war and complexity of the front lines are brought to life inside the readers own imagination as the writer vividly captures and portrays all that went on the union front before, during and after this countries bloodiest 3 days. An intriguing inside look at some of history’s famed (and infamous) generals, whose long term planning and split second decisions forever changed the course of this nations future. The writer spins a masterpiece before your very eyes…” — Daniel, Amazon reviewer
Kerry Hotaling has been a member of the Friends of Gettysburg since 2001. He has built historic fences on the battlefield during the annual volunteer workday since 2007. He has also lit candles on the graves during illumination night in November. He is also the author of What they Endured What they Wrought, a history of what some of the regiments experienced in the Battle of Gettysburg.