This is a fresh and fascinating new look at one of the most pivotal moments in American history: the Battle of Gettysburg, when Union forces repelled the brilliant Robert E. Lee, who had already thrashed a long line of Federal opponents--just as he was poised at the back door of the nation's capital. Conventional wisdom holds that Lee made one ...Read MoreThis is a fresh and fascinating new look at one of the most pivotal moments in American history: the Battle of Gettysburg, when Union forces repelled the brilliant Robert E. Lee, who had already thrashed a long line of Federal opponents--just as he was poised at the back door of the nation's capital. Conventional wisdom holds that Lee made one profoundly wrong decision on the last day of the battle--launching "Pickett's Charge" uphill across an open field against the heart of the Union defense. But why would he have employed only a fifth of his forces at such a crucial moment? Now, Tom Carhart offers a bold thesis--that Lee's heretofore unknown strategy at Gettysburg was to combine Pickett's frontal attack with a daring rear assault by the great Jeb Stuart to break the Union Army in half. Only in the battle's final hours was Stuart stopped by a force half the size of his own, led by a young, unproven general--George Armstrong Custer--who helped turn the tide of the war. Destined to be controversial, Lost Triumph is a provocative reassessment of this monumental battle and a vivid, indispensable contribution to Civil War literature.Read Less
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This book is a must read for any Civil War Buff. It clearly outlines the confusing effects of the primative communications existing in 1863. Had Lee a clearer real time understanding of what was unfolding on the third day of the battle outcomes might have been very different. You get much closer to the pivital players at Gettysburg including the critical role of George A. Custer who is given many accolades for his July 3rd successes against J.E.B. Stewart. You take away an understanding on just how close Gettysburg could have ended with a victory for the south. An enjoyable, enlightening read.
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