Sickles at Gettysburg
Jim Hessler, Licensed Battlefield Guide
August 17, 2013
Registration deadline: August 2, 2013
Open to Members and Non-members
$80 members/ $105 Non-members
A full day program held in the Ford Education Center classroom. Lunch and two snack breaks are provided as part of the registration fee.
Join Licensed Battlefield Guide and author Jim Hessler and us for a lecture based on his award-winning book, Sickles at Gettysburg.
Major General Daniel E. Sickles remains Gettysburg's most controversial participant due to his colorful pre-war career, his "misapprehension" of orders on July 2, and his post- war verbal attacks on General George Meade. Yet it can also be argued that no single individual has had a greater influence on Gettysburg's battle and post- battle history than Sickles.
The lecture will conduct a thorough analysis of Sickle's advance to the Peach Orchard, discuss the so- called "Meade- Sickles Controversy," review Sickles' (many) self- proclaimed reasons for seemingly disobeying General Meade's orders, determine his impact on both the Union defense and Confederate attack, and debate whether any of his motives were justified.