GDG- Someone remind me

Tom bunco973 at
Mon Jan 23 11:16:38 CST 2012

    And one more point - if Sickles was worried about the eminence/high 
ground - he had one on his left - Little Round Top, which I believe was 
ignored by him.
Tom B.

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From: Tom
Sent: Monday, January 23, 2012 12:09 PM
Subject: Re: GDG- Someone remind me

Esteemed GDG Member Contributes:
   I believe Pleasanton was assigned the blame for that one, as it was his 
blessings to allow Buford to refit etc. at Westminster. But was also his 
responsibility to have cavalry on the flank of the 3rd Corps. IMHO, I really 
don't think it would have made a difference as to his movement to the 
Emmitsburg Road, as that was an eminence in his front that he felt was 
needed for an artillery platform (shades of Chancellorsville & Hazel Grove, 
when they moved him off the the same type of ground to a lower elevation, 
and CSA artillery moved to that same spot he vacated, and commenced to rain 
down cannon fire on his Corps - Sickles was getting a flashback to that.) A 
fantastic book by Jim Hessler (a LBG) titled Sickles At Gettysburg, goes 
into the subject thoroughly. Also, on Gettysburg Daily – the same Jim 
Hessler gives a video tour on the subject – quite extensively, and basically 
leaves it up to the reader/viewer whether Sickles was right or wrong. Hope 
this helps a bit.

Tom B.

-----Original Message----- 
From: keith mackenzie
Sent: Monday, January 23, 2012 11:07 AM
Subject: Re: GDG- Someone remind me

Esteemed GDG Member Contributes:
Thanks Tom. Now a follow up question.
Buford was permitted to withdraw, but no other cavalry was asigned to the 
area as relief? Oversight or incompetence? I'm going with oversight, because 
whats the point of trying to asign blame at this late date. Unless, blame 
has already been asigned?
do you think, in a "what if" vein, that if a relief unit had been asigned, 
it would have had an impact on Sickles' movements? Would he still have 
considered the Peach Orchard the more favorable posisiton and used the 
confederate troop movements as reason to move, regardless of wether he know 
how many troops were involved or not?

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