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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476674049
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 03/24/2019
Pages: 215
Sales rank: 88,655
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

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