Lee's Real Plan at Gettysburg

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Stackpole Books, 2003 - History - 152 pages
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For almost 100 years, analysis of the Gettysburg Campaign has been centered around a set of commonly held beliefs, among them an oversimplified view of Confederate general Robert E. Lee's goals for the battle. Author and Gettysburg National Military Park historian Troy D. Harman believes this view is misinformed. Lee's Real Plan at Gettysburg presents a provocative new theory regarding Lee's true tactical objectives during this pivotal battle of the American Civil War.

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User Review  - Colby - Goodreads

Outstanding groundbreaking text on the previously unwritten master plan of this pivotal battle. Contrary to the traditional story line, Lee did not accidentally fight at Gettysburg, he indeed had a ... Read full review

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User Review  - Phillip T. - Goodreads

I've studied and read about this battle, as well as visited many times, but this is the first time Lee's actions made sense. Prior to this reading, it always seems like Lee just threw everything at ... Read full review


Why Lee Targeted Cemetery Hill
The Hours before the Second Day
The Importance of Little Round Top
Why Little Round Top Was Not Lees Objective
Lees Plan to Converge His Forces
Why Lee Failed on Day Two
The General Plan Was Unchanged
Day Three Picketts Charge
A Reassessment of Picketts Charge
Who Directed Picketts Charge?

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Page 16 - line of battle as it was established, on the evening of the 1st, and morning of the 2nd of July was in the form of the letter, ‘U,' the troops facing outwards, and the ‘Cemetery,' which is at the point of the sharpest curvature of the line, being due South of the town of Gettysburg.
Page 2 - There is thus a distinction of capital importance to be made: the distinction between the ephemeral event which disappears, and the affirmation about the event which persists. For all practical purposes it is this affirmation about the event that constitutes for us the historical fact.
Page 12 - If the enemy was bringing on the whole or a large part of his army - . . then we had to look for a strong position in which to establish and maintain ourselves until reinforced or ordered back. Such a position was easily found at the first glance. It was
Page 19 - About three o'clock in the morning, while the stars were shining, you left your headquarters and rode to General Lee's, where I found you sitting with him after sunrise looking at the enemy on Cemetery Hill. I rode then into Gettysburg, and was gone some two hours, and when I returned found you still with General Lee.

About the author (2003)

Troy D. Harman has been a National Park Service Ranger since 1984. His assignments have included historical interpretation at Appomattox Court House N.H.P., Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania N.M.P., and, since 1989, Gettysburg N.M.P. This is his first book.

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