Mark Nesbitt is the author of the popular Ghosts of Gettysburg, a six-volume series that received the National Paranormal Award in 2004. Formerly a National Park Service ranger and then a battlefield guide, he has lived in Gettysburg since 1971.
Saber & Scapegoat: J. E. B. Stuart and the Gettysburg Controversyby Mark Nesbitt
The major facts of the Gettysburg campaign and battle are well known, but controversies about its outcome abound even today. No issue is more contested than that of the whereabouts of the dashing cavalryman, Maj. Gen. J. E. B. Stuart. Author Mark Nesbitt gives a detailed reconstruction of Stuart's actions during the campaign and presents the case that Stuart was not at fault for the loss: He was following orders to the best of his ability. The blame surrounding Stuart only surfaced after the war when, in an attempt to exonerate Lee, some veterans vilified Stuart unfairly. Unfortunately for the great cavalryman, that culpability has stuck. Nesbitt's findings challenge generations of Gettysburg historiography and are certain to fuel the controversy for years to come.
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A new look at an old question. Mark Nesbit offers a compelling conclusion to the long-debated question of J.E.B. Stuart's conduct prior to the battle of Gettysburg. Using General Lee's own orders and the orders and conduct of other general officers during the days before Gettysburg, the argument is made that Stuart was following the specific orders of Lee and was not neglecting his duty in favor of personal fame. A must read for anyone interested in the Confederate Calvary, Gettysburg and the Lee-Stuart controversy.