The Civil War – A Waypoint in Military History: Gettysburg Winter Lecture

Here’s Ranger Bill Hewitt discussing the Civil War in terms of military history.  He introduces a very good model, but he goes on a number of tangents that actually distract from the model.  Sticking more to the model would have been more effective in my view, and it would have allowed him to explore another factor.

In some ways, he also contradicts himself.  He lists a number of military advances made during the war, then he makes the claim that the US really didn’t learn from these military advances, yet the US never went back to wooden ships, the US continued developing repeating weapons, and the US continued use of rifled weapons.

That’s yours truly in the front row, three seats from the left, sitting near two great folks, Brian and Lisa Blake.  Rumor on the street is that Brian has an outstanding presentation on George Pickett that he’s giving to Civil War Round Tables and other groups.


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