Strategic Imperatives and Tactical Realities: The Generalship of Lee and Longstreet at Gettysburg

Dick Sommers
Thursday, 8:30 am

This presentation evaluates the generalship of those two senior Confederate commanders in the Pennsylvania Campaign of 1863, particularly during the Battle of Gettysburg itself. It focuses on how the fundamental Southern strategy of invading the North governed -- or should have governed -- Confederate operations and tactics in the ensuing campaign and battle. Alluring alternative approaches are attractive, but they do not withstand the strategic imperatives and tactical realities that ruled the Gettysburg Campaign.

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