Cavalry at Gettysburg

Here’s Eric Wittenberg giving a typically excellent presentation based on his writing about the cavalry in the Battle of Gettysburg. He dispells quite a few myths here, especially the myth that JEB Stuart was to attack the Union rear during Pickett’s Charge.

This is from the 2016 Conference on the Art of Command in the Civil War, held by the Mosby Heritage Area Association.

The video’s description reads, “Eric Wittenberg talked about the cavalry action on July 3rd at the 1863 Battle of Gettysburg. He described the fighting on East Cavalry Field and argued against the theory that Confederate Gen. J.E.B. Stuart had orders to try to get around the Union flank. Instead, he suggested that Stuart was supposed to protect the Confederate flank.”


One comment

  1. Shoshana Bee · · Reply

    Not only is this an entertaining and educational video, but the lecture is even better experienced in-person. I had the distinct honor and pleasure of participating in this very same lecture as a driving tour with Eric and his wife, Susan, this past September. Eric knows his material very well, as I did not see him reference notes or read from any material during the duration of the tour, thus, he engages with the participants and brings the history to life, A couple of highlights were that I was actually able to touch the fence that was slated to be melted down, and Eric was gracious enough to show us Two Taverns — the starting point for the ill-fated Farnsworth’s Charge. I am very grateful to have been a beneficiary of Eric’s generosity of both time and knowledge.

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