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Sickles at Gettysburg, by licensed battlefield guide James Hessler, is the most deeply-researched, full-length biography to appear on this remarkable American icon. No individual who fought at Gettysburg was more controversial, both personally and professionally, than Major General Daniel E. Sickles. By 1863, Sickles was notorious as a disgraced former Congressman who murdered his wife's lover on the streets of Washington and used America's first temporary insanity defense to escape justice. With his political ...

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Sickles at Gettysburg: The Controversial Civil War General Who Committed Murder, Abandoned Little Round Top, and Declared Himself the Hero of

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Overview

Sickles at Gettysburg, by licensed battlefield guide James Hessler, is the most deeply-researched, full-length biography to appear on this remarkable American icon. No individual who fought at Gettysburg was more controversial, both personally and professionally, than Major General Daniel E. Sickles. By 1863, Sickles was notorious as a disgraced former Congressman who murdered his wife's lover on the streets of Washington and used America's first temporary insanity defense to escape justice. With his political career in ruins, Sickles used his connections with President Lincoln to obtain a prominent command in the Army of the Potomac's Third Corps-despite having no military experience. At Gettysburg, his unauthorized advance to the Peach Orchard was one of the most controversial decisions in military history. Civil War enthusiasts who want to understand General Sickles' scandalous life, Gettysburg's battlefield strategies, the in-fighting within the Army of the Potomac, and the development of today's National Park will find Sickles at Gettysburg a must-read.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781611210453
  • Publisher: Savas Beatie
  • Publication date: 6/25/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 673,199
  • File size: 6 MB

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Acknowledgments x

Order of Battle: The Third Corps at Gettysburg xii

Chapter 1 Murder! 1

Chapter 2 The Making of a First Class Soldier 21

Chapter 3 I Think it is a Retreat 49

Chapter 4 No One Ever Received a More Important Command 69

Chapter 5 The Third Corps Marches in the Right Direction 83

Chapter 6 In Some Doubt as to Where He Should Go 101

Chapter 7 No Relation to the General line of Battle 121

Chapter 8 Isn't Your Line Too Much Extended? 143

Chapter 9 The "Key" of the Battleground 161

Chapter 10 Gross Neglect or Unaccountable Stupidity 179

Chapter 11 The Line Before You Must Be Broken 193

Chapter 12 Let Me Die on the Field 213

Chapter 13 He has Redeemed his Reputation Fully 235

Chapter 14 Subsequent Events Proved My Judgment Correct 257

Chapter 15 My Only Motive is to Vindicate History 281

Chapter 16 Spoil a Rotten Egg 301

Chapter 17 Some Strange Perversion of History 315

Chapter 18 The Civil War is Only a Memory 359

Epilogue: That Damn Fool Sickles 389

Notes 407

Bibliography 461

Index 471

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