Streetwise Professor

July 2, 2010

Gettysburg

Filed under: Military — The Professor @ 12:39 pm

Today is the 147th anniversary of the second day of the largest battle of the American Civil War–and the largest battle ever fought in the Western Hemisphere.  During a few short hours (the major Confederate assault did not begin until mid-afternoon, and the battle ended around dark), the two sides suffered collectively tens of thousands of casualties in  swirling, intense, and confusing combat concentrated in a few acres of rolling Pennsylvania countryside.

July 2d was the day of Devil’s Den, Little Round Top, the Wheatfield, the Peach Orchard, Culp’s Hill and Cemetery Hill.  It was also the source of intense controversy that rages to this day.  Lee-Longstreet.  Meade-Sickles.  My bookshelf groans under the weight of books on the battle, and the controversies.

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  1. For years I have been trying to pull strings and get Bowdoin College in the Big 12 just to exact my revenge.

    Comment by Charles — July 2, 2010 @ 6:56 pm

  2. WAR NERD: BATTLE PAINTINGS: I MAY NOT KNOW MUCH ABOUT ART, BUT I’VE GOT A GUN

    Comment by Sublime Oblivion — July 2, 2010 @ 7:48 pm

  3. S/O: LOL. I have both paintings AND guns.

    Charles: pasting what I wrote in response to your FB comment:

    I’m not a big Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain fan. He greatly exaggerated his role in the defense of Little Round Top, at the expense of some of his own officers. He also exaggerated his role in receiving the Confederate surrender at Appomattox CH. Certainly he was a brave man who served his country well (wounded horribly at Rives’s Salient in June 1864), but his exploitation of his longevity to enhance his own reputation at the expense of his deceased comrades has always annoyed me.

    But there are openings in the Big 12 now, so start your campaign!

    The ProfessorComment by The Professor — July 2, 2010 @ 8:04 pm

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