East Cavalry Field: Cavalry Clash That Saved the Union?
James Hessler, Licensed Battlefield Guide
Registration deadline: February 28, 2014
Open to Members and Non-members
$70 Members/$95 Non-members
$12 optional boxed lunch
An Adams Seminar is a full-day program consisting of a half-day indoor lecture and a half-day battlefield tour. Program begins at 9 a.m. in the Ford Education Center Classroom of the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. A boxed lunch is available at an additional charge of $12.00. Please indicate in the Comments Box below a preference of ham, roast beef, turkey, or vegetarian sandwich.
The program will explore the often neglected and frequently misunderstood July 3 clash on East Cavalry Field. The class will examine the roles (orders, strategy, and tactics) played by both J.E.B. Stuart and David M. Gregg’s commands in attacking and defending the field. Was Stuart coordinating with Pickett’s Charge? Why did Gregg insist on defending this position? What role did flamboyant Union General George Armstrong Custer really play? Does East Cavalry deserve more attention than an overlooked side-show that occurred during Pickett’s Charge? The tour will cover a mile or less of moderate terrain. Recommended reading includes: "Protecting the Flank" by Eric Wittenberg and "Custer at Gettysburg" by Mike Phipps.