Longstreet at Gettysburg

A Critical Reassessment

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This is the first book-length, critical analysis of Lieutenant General James Longstreet’s actions at the Battle of Gettysburg. The author argues that Longstreet’s record has been discredited unfairly, beginning with character assassination by his contemporaries after the war and, persistently, by historians in the decades since. By closely studying the three-day battle, and conducting an incisive historiographical inquiry into Longstreet’s treatment by scholars, this book presents an alternative view of Longstreet as an effective military leader, and refutes over a century of negative evaluations of his performance.

About the Author(s)

Cory M. Pfarr works for the Department of Defense. He lives in Pikesville, Maryland.

Bibliographic Details

Cory M. Pfarr
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Bibliographic Info: ca. 45 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2019
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7404-9
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3499-9
Imprint: McFarland

Book Reviews & Awards

“Cory M. Pfarr provides the most detailed analysis to date of James Longstreet’s actions at Gettysburg, the motivations of his postwar critics, and the manner in which bias against Longstreet has influenced histories of the battle down to the present day. This is a welcome addition to the historiography of the most studied military engagement in American history.”—William Garrett Piston, author of Lee’s Tarnished Lieutenant; James Longstreet and his Place in Southern History; “About once each decade an honest work concerning James Longstreet is published. Cory Pfarr has this decade covered.”—Richard Pilcher, past president, the Longstreet Society.