Lee's Real Plan at Gettysburg

Lee's Real Plan at Gettysburg

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by Troy D. Harman
     
 

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For almost 100 years, analysis of the Gettysburg Campaign has been centered around a set of commonly held beliefs, among them an oversimplified view of Confederate general Robert E. Lee's goals for the battle. Author and Gettysburg National Military Park historian Troy D. Harman believes this view is misinformed. Lee's Real Plan at Gettysburg presents a provocative

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For almost 100 years, analysis of the Gettysburg Campaign has been centered around a set of commonly held beliefs, among them an oversimplified view of Confederate general Robert E. Lee's goals for the battle. Author and Gettysburg National Military Park historian Troy D. Harman believes this view is misinformed. Lee's Real Plan at Gettysburg presents a provocative new theory regarding Lee's true tactical objectives during this pivotal battle of the American Civil War.

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Library Journal
The Battle of Gettysburg, long viewed as the turning point of the American Civil War, has been studied at great length. The accepted version of this seminal battle portrays General Lee as confused, with no plan, sending Pickett's men on a suicide mission on the last day. As with most military actions, the victors write the history. Harman, a National Park Service Ranger stationed at the famous battlefield, questions commonly held beliefs about why the battle unfolded in the manner it did. In doing so, he challenges more than 100 years of written history. Harman argues that General Lee had a plan at Gettysburg and followed that plan for three days. He contends that Cemetery Hill was Lee's objective and that the inconclusive attacks on July 2 and 3 were made based on Lee's battle plan. Regardless of whether one accepts Harman's line of reasoning, this book provides insights that raise serious questions about the validity of accepted historical accounts of the battle. If further research proves Harman correct, Cemetery Hill should become the focal point at Gettysburg instead of Little Round Top. Well written, easy to read, and supported with maps and notes, this work is highly recommended for all libraries, especially those with Civil War collections.-Lt. Col. (ret.) Charles M. Minyard, U.S. Army, Mt. Pleasant, MI Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780811700542
Publisher:
Stackpole Books
Publication date:
07/28/2003
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
168
Sales rank:
369,465
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.69(d)

Meet the Author

Troy D. Harman has been a National Park Service Ranger since 1984. His assignments have included historical interpretation at Appomattox Court House N.H.P., Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania N.M.P., and, since 1989, Gettysburg N.M.P. This is his first book.

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Troy Harman has taken an exciting and new look at the Confederate offensive plan at Gettysburg. Using excellant resources and an open mind his book will cause any reader of Gettysburg literature to re-examine their long standing view of 'Lee's Real Plan at Gettysburg' on the third day. Was the corps of trees Lee's real objective? Troy Harmon makes an impressive case for a new look.