7 thoughts on “Experience and Command Decisions at Gettysburg

  1. Jimmy Dick July 1, 2013 / 11:26 am

    I really enjoyed watching this part of the broadcast, Brooks. That was a very good lecture and quite informative. I have never looked at it quite the way you addressed it. Well done!

  2. John Foskett July 1, 2013 / 4:34 pm

    Nicely done – especially the thesis of linking experiences at Chancellorsville to actions at Gettysburg. But I was expecting the speaker to be wearing a threadbare Trottier or Potvin jersey mumbling “4 – we won 4, I tell you”….. 🙂

  3. Ethan July 1, 2013 / 6:48 pm

    I make the point about experience in lectures explaining Lee’s generalship. I like to trot out the “We fought in Korea to save Prague” line as an example of how perceptions of the “lessons of history” shape decisions.

  4. Ray Ortensie July 1, 2013 / 7:03 pm

    I agree with the comments above, it was a great talk that I thoroughly enjoyed. I meant to get up and fix me something to eat before it began and ended up watching it with my stomach growling the entire time as I did not want to hit pause.

  5. rcocean July 1, 2013 / 10:30 pm

    Excellent talk. Two things should be remembered. First, Meade and all his Generals thought Lee had as many men as they did. In his letters to his wife, Meade states Lee had 90,000 men. Second, the ANV had pretty much beaten the AoP like a drum from Seven days to Chancellorsville. Gettysburg Day 1 continued the pattern, and the Confederates seemingly came within an inch of winning on Day 2. So, Pickett’s charge made a certain amount of sense. Even with that, the greatness of Lee is undiminished. Imagine in the ANV with Longstreet or Hood in command at Gettysburg.

  6. Joshism July 2, 2013 / 8:41 am

    Great points in that lecture.

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