Howard on the Hill


For all the flak he gets, Oliver Otis Howard still cuts a striking figure on Cemetery Hill at Gettysburg.

I’ve been spending a fair amount of time with Howard lately as Dan Davis and I finish up our work on Fight Like the Devil: The First Day at Gettysburg, July 1, 1863. I’ve come to a few surprising realizations once I started looking past all the armchair generalling.

Howard is easy to scape-goat. But like Burnside at Fredericksburg, maybe 150 years of scape-goating has made it hard to see the fog.

I think I’m seeing things a little differently these days.

More to come….


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2 Responses to Howard on the Hill

  1. Meg Thompson says:

    IN an analysis of military history, there are winners & losers. We all too often forget that each one of these men was there to win a war, and many died trying. We often negate their efforts when the only problem was that someone else won.

    • Carrie S. Ellsworth says:

      but we also know like Prime Minister Winston Churchill do not ever give up the fight, that[s the way battles are won, entire wars even.

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