Longstreet’s Counter-march

Here’s Matt Atkinson giving his normal outstanding performance talking about James Longstreet’s countermarch on July 2, 1863.

The video’s description reads, “In one of the more controversial moments of the battle of Gettysburg, Confederate General James Longstreet’s men did not attack until mid-afternoon on July 2. This delay possibly cost victory for the Confederacy. Join Ranger Matt Atkinson and explore what we do and do not know about the fateful march”




  1. a quick comment on the anniversary of what Longstreet called the ‘best 4 hours of fighting’ done by any army.

    Jackson gets offensive kudos for his attack at Chancellorsville, but Longstreet’s overall record for overwhelming attacks is overlooked. Not many generals have his record for 2nd Manassas, Gettysburg, Chickamauga and the Wilderness.

    1. A number of folks have commented on Michael Shaara writing that Longstreet was a defensive genius and preferred the defense, when in real life he delivered devastating attacks.

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