Longstreet at Gettysburg: A Critical Reassessment

Longstreet at Gettysburg: A Critical Reassessment

by Cory M. Pfarr

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This is the first book-length, critical analysis of Lieutenant General James Longstreet's actions at the Battle of Gettysburg. The author argues that Longstreet's record has been discredited unfairly, beginning with character assassination by his contemporaries after the war and, persistently, by historians in the decades since. By closely studying the three-day battle, and conducting an incisive historiographical inquiry into Longstreet's treatment by scholars, this book presents an alternative view of Longstreet as an effective military leader, and refutes over a century of negative evaluations of his performance.

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ISBN-13: 9781476634999
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 02/28/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 215
Sales rank: 706,663
File size: 11 MB
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Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Cory M. Pfarr works for the Department of Defense. He lives in Fallston, Maryland.
Cory M. Pfarr works for the Department of Defense. He lives in Fallston, Maryland.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Maps ix
Foreword by Harold M. Knudsen 1
Prologue: Abandoned by History 3
✦ Pre-Campaign and Day One ✦
 1. The Quibbling of Historians 17
 2. The Indispensable J.E.B. Stuart Roams East 28
 3. Lee Hesitates Without Stuart 34
 4. Lee and Longstreet Deliberate Tactical Offensive 39
 5. An Unfortunate Position Considered … and Reconsidered 49
✦ Day Two ✦
 6. The Seething Disagreement and Apparent Apathy That Weren’t 57
 7. Intelligence Woes, Indecision and an Unfortunate Position
Re-Reconsidered 64
 8. A Misconceived Attack Plan Set in Motion 69
 9. The First Corps March Conundrum 75
10. McLaws Ordered to Attack an Occupied Road 84
11. Hood’s Proposition 88
12. Longstreet According to McLaws 96
13. Longstreet’s Wave Rolls Forward 101
14. Lee Watches Hill’s Partial Assault 105
15. The Idleness of the Second Corps 113
16. The Attack Fizzles Out 118
17. The Night of the Second Day Controversy 121
✦ Day Three ✦
18. Lee and Longstreet Prepare for a ­Last-Ditch Effort 133
19. The Artillery Support Plan for the Grand Charge 143
20. The ­Alexander-Longstreet ­Pre-Attack Dialogue 148
21. The ­Pickett-Pettigrew-Trimble Charge 156
22. The Wilcox and Lang Issue 160
23. Lee’s Costly Decision 166
24. Longstreet Assesses Lee and Gettysburg 172
25. Shouldering the Burden of Gettysburg 175
Postscript: Reminiscences 185
Chapter Notes 187
Bibliography 199
Index 203

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