Gettysburg s Peach Orchard

This is the first full-length study of this pivotal action. On July 2, 1863, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee ordered skeptical subordinate Lt. Gen. James Longstreet to launch a massive assault against the Union left flank.

Gettysburg   s Peach Orchard

Gettysburg s Peach Orchard

Winner, 2019, The Bachelder-Coddington Literary Award, Given by the Robert E. Lee Civil War Round Table of Central New Jersey More books have been written about the battle of Gettysburg than any other engagement of the Civil War. The historiography of the battle’s second day is usually dominated by the Union’s successful defense of Little Round Top, but the day’s most influential action occurred nearly one mile west along the Emmitsburg Road in farmer Joseph Sherfy’s peach orchard. Despite its overriding importance, no full-length study of this pivotal action has been written until now. James Hessler’s and Britt Isenberg’s Gettysburg’s Peach Orchard: Longstreet, Sickles, and the Bloody Fight for the “Commanding Ground” Along the Emmitsburg Road corrects that oversight. On July 2, 1863, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee ordered skeptical subordinate Lt. Gen. James Longstreet to launch a massive assault against the Union left flank. The offensive was intended to seize the Peach Orchard and surrounding ground along the Emmitsburg Road for use as an artillery position to support the ongoing attack. However, Union Maj. Gen. Daniel Sickles, a scheming former congressman from New York, misinterpreted his orders and occupied the orchard first. What followed was some of Gettysburg’s bloodiest and most controversial fighting. General Sickles’s questionable advance forced Longstreet’s artillery and infantry to fight for every inch of ground to Cemetery Ridge. The Confederate attack crushed the Peach Orchard salient and other parts of the Union line, threatening the left flank of Maj. Gen. George Meade’s army. The command decisions made in and around the Sherfy property influenced actions on every part of the battlefield. The occupation of the high ground at the Peach Orchard helped General Lee rationalize ordering the tragic July 3 assault known as “Pickett’s Charge.” This richly detailed study is based upon scores of primary accounts and a deep understanding of the terrain. Hessler and Isenberg, both Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guides, combine the military aspects of the fighting with human interest stories in a balanced treatment of the bloody attack and defense of Gettysburg’s Peach Orchard.

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Gettysburg’s Peach Orchard
Language: en
Pages: 408
Authors: James A. Hessler, Britt C. Isenberg
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2019-03-14 - Publisher: Casemate Publishers

Winner, 2019, The Bachelder-Coddington Literary Award, Given by the Robert E. Lee Civil War Round Table of Central New Jersey More books have been written about the battle of Gettysburg than any other engagement of the Civil War. The historiography of the battle’s second day is usually dominated by the
The Peach Orchard
Language: en
Pages: 62
Authors: John Bigelow
Categories: Gettysburg (Pa.)
Type: BOOK - Published: 1910 - Publisher:

The Peach Orchard, Gettysburg, July 2, L863 by John Bigelow, first published in 1910, is a rare manuscript, the original residing in one of the great libraries of the world. This book is a reproduction of that original, which has been scanned and cleaned by state-of-the-art publishing tools for better
Peach Orchard
Language: en
Pages: 80
Authors: Ralph Siegel, Mike Vallone
Categories: Gettysburg (Pa.)
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020-09 - Publisher:

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The Peach Orchard, Gettysburg, July 2, 1863
Language: en
Pages: 140
Authors: John Bigelow
Categories: Gettysburg (Pa.)
Type: BOOK - Published: 2018-10-10 - Publisher: Franklin Classics

This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it. This work is in the public domain in the United States of America, and possibly other nations. Within the United States, you may freely copy and
The Peach Orchard, Gettysburg
Language: en
Pages: 62
Authors: John Bigelow
Categories: Gettysburg (Pa.)
Type: BOOK - Published: 1984-01-01 - Publisher:

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