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Gettysburg's Forgotten Cavalry Actions: Farnsworth's Charge, South Cavalry Field, and the Battle of Fairfield, July 3, 1863 by Eric J Wittenberg Online



Gettysburg's Forgotten Cavalry Actions: Farnsworth's Charge, South Cavalry Field, and the Battle of Fairfield, July 3, 1863

Gettysburg's Forgotten Cavalry Actions: Farnsworth's Charge, South Cavalry Field, and the Battle of Fairfield, July 3, 1863

  • Title: Gettysburg's Forgotten Cavalry Actions: Farnsworth's Charge, South Cavalry Field, and the Battle of Fairfield, July 3, 1863
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  • ISBN : 9781611210705
  • Format : Paperback
  • Language : English
  • Page : 239 pages


Winner 2012 Army Historical Foundation Distinguished Book Award for ReprintIn 1998, Eric J Wittenberg s Gettysburg s Forgotten Cavalry Actions won the Bachelder Coddington Award for the year s best new work interpreting the Battle of Gettysburg This fully revised edition adds extensive new research, interpretations, and conclusions that substantially add to our understan Winner 2012 Army Historical Foundation Distinguished Book Award for ReprintIn 1998, Eric J Wittenberg s Gettysburg s Forgotten Cavalry Actions won the Bachelder Coddington Award for the year s best new work interpreting the Battle of Gettysburg This fully revised edition adds extensive new research, interpretations, and conclusions that substantially add to our understanding of these important mounted actions.Gettysburg s Forgotten Cavalry Actions examines in great detail three of the campaign s central cavalry episodes The first is the heroic but doomed legendary charge of Brig Gen Elon J Farnsworth s cavalry brigade against Confederate infantry and artillery The attack was launched on July 3 after the repulse of Pickett s Charge, and the high cost included the life of General Farnsworth The second examines Brig Gen Wesley Merritt s tenacious fight on South Cavalry Field, including a fresh look at the opportunity to roll up the Army of Northern Virginia s flank on the afternoon of July 3 Finally, Wittenberg studies the short but especially brutal cavalry fight at Fairfield, Pennsylvania The strategic Confederate victory kept the Hagerstown Road open for Lee s retreat back to Virginia, nearly destroyed the 6th U S Cavalry, and resulted in the award of two Medals of Honor.Gettysburg s Forgotten Cavalry Actions Farnsworth s Charge, South Cavalry Field, and the Battle of Fairfield, July 3, 1863 boasts several worthy additions nearly 15,000 words of new material based upon recently uncovered archival sources, including a new appendix co authored with J David Petruzzi that resolves the dispute about where Farnsworth s Charge and Merritt s fight occurred a walking and driving tour complete with GPS coordinates and updated photographs to reflect the modern appearance of the Gettysburg battlefield, which now better reflects its 1863 appearance.About the Author Eric J Wittenberg is an accomplished American Civil War cavalry historian and author An attorney in Ohio, Wittenberg is the author of many articles and the author or co author of than a dozen books on Civil War cavalry subjects, including The Battle of Monroe s Crossroads and the Civil War s Final Campaign Plenty of Blame to Go Around Jeb Stuart s Controversial Ride to Gettysburg and One Continuous Fight The Retreat from Gettysburg and the Pursuit of Lee s Army of Northern Virginia, July 4 14, 1863 He lives in Columbus, Ohio, with his wife Susan


Author Eric J Wittenberg

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




Gettysburg's Forgotten Cavalry Actions: Farnsworth's Charge, South Cavalry Field, and the Battle of Fairfield, July 3, 1863 Reviews (5)

  • This book would have been better without all the typos it had in it The author sheds light on some of the forgotten aspects of the Gettysburg campaign He focuses on the cavalry s involvement and hardly mentions the other branches of service I was expecting detail and cohesiveness from the author. [..]

  • Great analysis and tributeI knew of Farnsworth s I ll fated charge though my study of the First West Virginia Cavalry, but I did not know that Wesley Merit s Brigade was nearby and the possibility that the needed counter attack following Pickett s charge could have, and should have taken place by Me [..]

  • While touring the fields of Gettysburg, there are two places a regular tourist would skip over The first is East Cavalry Battlefield Due to the distance from the regular field of Gettysburg, there are many who just skip the area and move onto the other portions of the battle The other place is a loc [..]

  • This is a revised edition of Mr Wittenberg s 1990s book on the cavalry actions at South Cavalry Field and Fairfield during the waning hours of the battle of Gettysburg His descriptions of both actions are excellent, and will likely cause the reader to seek out these rarely visited parts of the battl [..]

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