Gettysburg : The Meade-Sickles Controversy (Military Controversies) (1ST)

Gettysburg : The Meade-Sickles Controversy (Military Controversies) (1ST)

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  • 製本 Hardcover:ハードカバー版/ページ数 240 p.
  • 言語 ENG,ENG
  • 商品コード 9781574884883
  • DDC分類 973.7349

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On July 2, 1863, the second day of fighting at Gettysburg, Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Sickles, in a controversial interpretation of his orders, advanced his men beyond the established Union line, exposing his flanks to a potentially devastating Confederate attack. Shortly after being reprimanded by his commander, Maj. Gen. George G. Meade, for endangering the entire Union Army, Sickles was hit by a cannonball. He returned to Washington, D.C., with his leg amputated and his pride badly wounded. A politician and lawyer prior to the war, Sickles was already notorious for being the first person in U.S. history acquitted of murder by pleading temporary insanity. During his recuperation in the nation's capital, Sickles defended his actions at Gettysburg to anyone who would listen, including President Lincoln, and criticized Meade before the Congressional Committee on the Conduct of the War. He continued defending himself for years after the war, while Meade remained mostly silent.Historian Richard A. Sauers destroys many commonly held myths about the controversy by examining the evidence in detail. In this fascinating analysis, he highlights the way combat is always complicated by personality conflicts and human frailties among military leaders. He also demonstrates that distortions, like Sickles's version of Gettysburg, are frequently accepted as fact by historians and repeated for generations to come. Sauers shows that Sickles's unjust manipulations harmed Meade's reputation for years after the war.

Table of Contents

        Maps                                       vii
Preface and Acknowledgments ix
Background: The Gettysburg Campaign through 1 (28)
July 1
The Second Day at Gettysburg 29 (20)
Germination: The Committee on the Conduct 49 (18)
of the War
Postwar Development of the Controversy, 67 (18)
1869--1930
The Controversy within the Context of 85 (14)
Gettysburg Historiography
Confederate Movements on the Right Flank at 99 (18)
Gettysburg, July 2, 1863
General Sickles and His Orders, July 2, 1863 117(12)
The Weak Position on Cemetery Ridge 129(12)
The Supposed Retreat from Gettysburg 141(12)
Conclusions 153(10)
Notes 163(28)
Bibliography 191(10)
Index 201(6)
About the Author 207