Monthly Archives: August 2012

Lee on Day 1 – Gallagher & Nolan

Alright, someone asked for some controversy.  Let’s try this on for size. Below are the concluding paragraphs from Alan T. Nolan’s and Gary Gallagher’s essays from Gallagher’s collection of essays on The First Day at Gettysburg [see Sources page]. Alan … Continue reading

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Operations plus Geography equals Logistics

Although the term ‘logistics’ has expanded to include general shipping of civilian products to civilian destinations, it is, in fact, a military term.  Generally speaking, though, logistics is the complete methodology of getting something from point A to point B.  … Continue reading

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Why Ewell Did Not Attack – Part 1

We will explore what went into the decision of General Richard S. Ewell on the late afternoon and evening of July 1, 1863, after General Robert E. Lee sent orders to “take those heights if practicable.”  To start, we will … Continue reading

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Why Ewell Did Not Attack – Part 2

July 1, 1863 After an all-day fight that started about 8:30 in the morning, when General Harry Heth’s Division of General Ambrose Powell Hill’s 2nd Corps of the Army of Northern Virginia began the assault from the west on General … Continue reading

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Why Ewell Did Not Attack – Part 3

The Union Plan of Battle Credit Hancock, and to an extent Howard, and before them, Reynolds and especially Buford for working out the general plan for the battle, and for recognizing that they would hold the best ground and invite … Continue reading

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The Fight for Houck’s Ridge

The Fight for Houck’s Ridge Late in the afternoon of July 2, 1863, the members of Brigadier General J. H. Hobart Ward’s Brigade of 6 regiments from Maine, Indiana, New York, and Pennsylvania, plus elements of the 1st and 2nd … Continue reading

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The Beauty of the High Ground at Gettysburg

Let us address the July 3rd assault first.  Pickett’s Charge wasn’t that close to success.  Quite simply, by the time Armistead made it across the wall on Cemetery Ridge there was not enough firepower left to support him and the … Continue reading

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