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After this urgent protest against entering into battle at Gettysburg according to instructions – which protest is the first and only one I ever made during my entire military career – I ordered my line to advance and make the assault… John B. Hood

 

Richard S. Ewell, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing right.

Richard S. Ewell, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing right.

The First day at Gettysburg : essays on Confederate and Union leadership edited by Gary W. Gallagher Kent, Ohio : Kent State University Press, c 1992 Softcover. x, 174 p. : ill., maps ; 22 cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. Clean, tight and strong binding. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG

Gen. A.P. Hill, C.S.A

Gen. A.P. Hill, C.S.A

The Battle of Gettysburg exerts a unique hold on the national imagination. Many writers have argued that it represented the turning point of the Civil War, after which Confederate fortunes moved inexorably toward defeat. Successive generations of historians have not exhausted the topic of leadership at Gettysburg, especially with regard to the first day of the battle. Often overshadowed by more famous events on the second and third days, the initial phase of the contest nevertheless offers interesting problems of leadership.

Oliver Otis Howard, 1830-1909, bust portrait, facing left; in uniform.

Oliver Otis Howard, 1830-1909, bust portrait, facing left; in uniform.

In this collection of essays, the contributors examine several controversial aspects of leadership on that opening day including Lee’s strategy and tactics, the conduct of Confederate corps commanders Richard S. Ewell and A.P. Hill and Oliver Otis Howard’s role on the Union side. Drawing on a range of sources, the authors combine interpretation and fresh evidence that should challenge readers to reconsider their understanding of the events of July 1, 1863.

Federal dead on the field of battle of first day, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

Federal dead on the field of battle of first day, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

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