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Protecting the Flank at Gettysburg: The Battles for Brinkerhoffs Ridge and East Cavalry Field, July 2-3, 1863

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Few aspects of the battle of Gettysburg are as misunderstood as the role played by the cavalry of both sides. Protecting the Flank at Gettysburg: The Battles for Brinkerhoff's Ridge and East Cavalry Field, July 2-3, 1863 by award-winning author Eric J. Wittenberg is the first and only book to examine in significant detail how the mounted arm directly affected the outcome o ...more
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Published May 1st 2012 by Savas Beatie (first published August 2002)
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Steven Peterson
Sep 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
There have been a number of authors who speak of Robert E. Lee's third day generalship. Including an attack on the rear of Union forces as the Pickett-Pettigrew-Trimble charge took place--dfter a massive artillery bombardment. Well, if this plan was in place it did not work. Wittenberg's book is a solid contribution here.

He directly contradicts the thesis by Carhart and others what Lee contemplated a linked offensive--artillery, infantry, and cavalry on Day # 3. In that, this is a useful book, j
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Craig
Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Excellent description of little-covered battles on day 2 & day 3 during the battle at Gettysburg, with the majority of the action fought by cavalry and horse artillery just east of town. I enjoyed most the many personal recollections from the combatants. Mr. Wittenberg has done a fantastic job researching and writing of these events.
HBalikov
Nov 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Do you have an interest in the USA's Civil War? Then, read further.

Do you have an interest in the battles that determined the outcome of the Civil War? Then, read further.

Do you have and interest/knowledge in the Battle of Gettysburg? Then, read further.

Eric Wittenberg has written a classic for those who want to know more about the battle that many historians deem the turning point for the Union in the Civil War. The Battle of Gettysburg was fought over 3 days in early July 1863. Most of the des
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Matthew Bartlett
Easily considered the least visited section of the battlefield, Eric J. Wittenberg handles this area with a great amount of scholarly information and gives a narrative which is action packed from beginning to end. Though initially published by Thomas Publications in 2002, the second edition published by Savas Beatie allowed Wittenberg to add more to his work including an appendix which disproves the ideas previously about General Stuart.
Eric J. Wittenberg has written many works on the Civil War
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Shelly♥
Aug 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The American Civil War and it's military actions are multi layer puzzles of detail which is buried in official reports, memoirs and letters of those who experienced. The Battle of Gettysburg, one of the most, dissected and written about battles has several components which seem to get less attention or passed off as all but insignificant. Wittenberg seems to tackle a variety of these actions in his writings. Here he gives a detailed rundown of the confrontations between Stuart and Gregg on Brink ...more
George
Aug 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
The cavalry acions at Gettysburg have generally gotten short shrift and this book does a very fine job of explaining their critical importance in the final Union victory and how had things gone differently, the Union might very well have suffered yet another horrible loss, possibly a fatal one. The actions of the Union cavalry commander Gregg placed his forces exactly at the right spot and the right time to blunt Jeb Stewart's attempt to flank the Union lines and attack the rear. Many of the off ...more
Joe Owen
Jul 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Outstanding history of the cavalry clashes between the Union and Confederate cavalry regiments on July 3, 1863. These clashes prevented the Confederate Regiments under Major General J E B Stuart from destroying the Army of the Potomac's rear flanks. The bravery of the regiments both Union and Confederate was amazing, and in particular the leadership of Union Generals Gregg and Custer made the difference in countering the strategy of General Stuart and his commanders. A great history and read by ...more
Sharon G. Thomas
Classic Wittenberg!

Anyone wishing to understand the full scope of the Battle of Gettysburg will appreciate this book. Cavalry operations are a mere footnote in most books on the Campaign. Eric fills in those blanks for us admirably!
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The book as a guide for touring the Brinkerhoffs Battlefield.
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Eric J. Wittenberg is an American Civil War historian, author, lecturer, tour guide and battlefield preservationist. He is a practicing attorney in downtown Columbus, Ohio. His published works have focused especially on the Civil War cavalryman and the cavalry battles of the Civil War, with emphasis on the Army of the Potomac's Cavalry Corps