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Longstreet at Gettysburg: A Critical Reassessment

Longstreet at Gettysburg: A Critical Reassessment

by Cory M. Pfarr

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Overview

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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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476674049
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 02/27/2019
Pages: 215
Sales rank: 469,269
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 Fallston, Maryland.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

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

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