Category Archives: Battle Decisions

Logic as applied to the records

On more than a few occasions we have encountered the telling of an event in a history book that simply defies logic.  Sometimes the events do indeed defy logic. For example, on the first day of the Battle, while forming … Continue reading

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Back to the 83rd PA at LRT

After Monday’s burn the vegetation is not just reduced, it is almost completely gone…at least for the next few days. Below is a photo taken today at Little Round Top from Sykes Avenue, looking generally west, with my back to … Continue reading

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Objectives and the Use of Terrain

A bit of terrain description is required here.  Little Round Top is the second of three elevations that are located at the south end of Cemetery Ridge.  First is Munshower’s Knoll, the position where General Dan Sickles was supposed to … Continue reading

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Tracking Hazlett’s Battery D, 5th US Artillery

Although we are constantly reading up on the Battle of Gettysburg, we think we have read only a pinch of what is available.  One thing that has caught our interest over the years is a question about Hazlett’s Battery D, … Continue reading

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The First Question: How did he know?

One author* details a contentious discussion on the peak of Big Round Top between Colonel Oates and General Law’s messenger [Captain Leigh Richmond Terrill, Assistant Adjutant General on Law’s staff] wherein Oates demanded to be allowed to go after the … Continue reading

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The Battle for Little Round Top – Part 2

We are reposting this for reference of another post to come up shortly. [NB: Images are clickable and can be enlarged] As most of the history books have it, Colonel William Oates, Commander of the 15th Alabama Infantry Regiment, was … 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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