GDG- Someone remind me

CWMHTours at CWMHTours at
Mon Jan 23 14:33:03 CST 2012

There seems to be a lot of posts under the title of "someone  remind me".
Can it be that other people in here are also getting older  and, like me, 
can't remember nuttin?
"Just  the facts, ma'am." 

Your Most Obediant Servant

In a message dated 1/23/2012 12:11:00 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,  
bunco973 at writes:

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 

Tom  B.

-----Original Message----- 
From: keith mackenzie  
Sent: Monday, January 23, 2012 11:07 AM 
To: GDG 
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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