The First day at Gettysburg: Essays on Confederate and Union Leadership

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The Battle of Gettysburg exerts a unique hold on the national imagination. Many writers have argued that it represented the turning point of the Civil War, after which Confederate fortunes moved inexorably toward defeat. Successive generations of historians have not exhausted the topic of leadership at Gettysburg, especially with regard to the first day of the battle. Often overshadowed by more famous events on the second and third days, the initial phase of the contest offers the most interesting problems of ...
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Overview

The Battle of Gettysburg exerts a unique hold on the national imagination. Many writers have argued that it represented the turning point of the Civil War, after which Confederate fortunes moved inexorably toward defeat. Successive generations of historians have not exhausted the topic of leadership at Gettysburg, especially with regard to the first day of the battle. Often overshadowed by more famous events on the second and third days, the initial phase of the contest offers the most interesting problems of leadership, including Lee's strategy and tactics, the conduct of Confederate corps commanders Richard S. Ewell and A. P. Hill, Oliver Otis Howard's role on the Union side, and a series of notable debacles among Lee's brigadiers. Drawing on a range of sources, the contributors combine interpretation and fresh evidence that should challenge students of the battle, Civil War buffs, and military historians to reconsider their understanding of the events of July 1, 1863.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780873384575
  • Publisher: Kent State University Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/1992
  • Pages: 174
  • Sales rank: 1,076,199
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
R. E. Lee and July 1 at Gettysburg 1
Confederate Corps Leadership on the First Day at Gettysburg: A. P. Hill and Richard S. Ewell in a Difficult Debut 30
From Chancellorsville to Cemetery Hill: O. O. Howard and Eleventh Corps Leadership 57
Three Confederate Disasters on Oak Ridge: Failures of Brigade Leadership on the First Day at Gettysburg 92
Appendix 141
Notes 144
Bibliographic Essay 164
Index 167
Contributors 174
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