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….