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Unsung Hero of Gettysburg: The Story of Union General David McMurtrie Gregg

Unsung Hero of Gettysburg: The Story of Union General David McMurtrie Gregg

by Edward G. Longacre

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Overview

Gen. David McMurtrie Gregg (1833–1917) was one of the ablest and most successful commanders of cavalry in any Civil War army. Pennsylvania-born, West Point–educated, and deeply experienced in cavalry operations prior to the conflict, his career personified that of the typical cavalry officer in the mid-nineteenth-century American army. Gregg achieved distinction on many battlefields, including those during the Peninsula, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Bristoe, Overland, and Petersburg campaigns, ultimately gaining the rank of brevet major general as leader of the Second Division, Cavalry Corps, Army of the Potomac.

The highlight of his service occurred on July 3, 1863, the climactic third day at Gettysburg, when he led his own command as well as the brigade of Brig. Gen. George Armstrong Custer in repulsing an attempt by thousands of Confederate cavalry under the legendary J. E. B. Stuart in attacking the right flank and rear of the Union Army while Pickett’s charge struck its front and center.

Historians credit Gregg with helping preserve the security of his army at a critical point, making Union victory inevitable. Unlike glory-hunters such as Custer and Stuart, Gregg was a quietly competent veteran who never promoted himself or sought personal recognition for his service. Rarely has a military commander of such distinction been denied a biographer’s tribute. Gregg’s time is long overdue.
 


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781640124561
Publisher: Potomac Books
Publication date: 05/01/2021
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 350
Sales rank: 533,652
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Edward G. Longacre is a retired historian for the U.S. Department of Defense and the award-winning author of numerous books on the Civil War, including Fitz Lee: A Military Biography of Major General Fitzhugh Lee, C.S.A. (Bison Books, 2010), The Sharpshooters: A History of the Ninth New Jersey Volunteer Infantry in the Civil War (Potomac Books, 2017), and The Early Morning of War: Bull Run, 1861.
 
 is a retired historian for the U.S. Department of Defense and the award-winning author of numerous books on the Civil War, including Fitz Lee: A Military Biography of Major General Fitzhugh Lee, C.S.A. (Bison Books, 2010), The Sharpshooters: A History of the Ninth New Jersey Volunteer Infantry in the Civil War (Potomac Books, 2017), and The Early Morning of War: Bull Run, 1861.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction
1. The Man in the Invisible Circle
2. Lieutenant Gregg’s Frontier
3. From the Pacific to the Potomac
4. Subordinate to Averell and Pleasonton
5. Brigadier General of Volunteers
6. A Failed Raid, a Drawn Battle
7. Days of Strife and Glory
8. Six Months of Travail
9. The Winds of Change
10. Hot Work under Sheridan
11. Commander of Cavalry, Army of the Potomac
12. A Man of Unimpeachable Character
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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