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Saber and Scapegoat: J. E. B. Stuart and the Gettysburg Controversy
     

Saber and Scapegoat: J. E. B. Stuart and the Gettysburg Controversy

by Mark V. Nesbitt
 
What was Stuart's role in the Gettysburg campaign? Nesbitt answers this question with a detailed reconstruction of Stuart's actions and Lee's orders. Traces the history of after-battle rumors and theories about the Confederate general.

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What was Stuart's role in the Gettysburg campaign? Nesbitt answers this question with a detailed reconstruction of Stuart's actions and Lee's orders. Traces the history of after-battle rumors and theories about the Confederate general.

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Roland Green
This modest monograph might seem overspecialized were it not for the fact that its subjects include two perennial favorites of Civil War buffs, the Battle of Gettysburg and Confederate cavalry leader Jeb Stuart. Nesbitt assembles a cogent case for regarding Stuart's maneuvers before the battle as "not" having been decisive in the Confederate loss or at least as having been based on reasonable interpretations of Lee's orders, which are quoted. He also points out that Lee retained a substantial body of cavalry whose leaders apparently did not do their jobs and that much of the dubious bespattering of Stuart's reputation after the battle was done in a misguided effort to leave Lee seemingly the shining paladin. Uneven but generally readable, Nesbitt's effort is definitely worthwhile reading for serious Civil War enthusiasts.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780811709156
Publisher:
Stackpole Books
Publication date:
09/28/1994
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.84(w) x 8.58(h) x 1.04(d)

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