Symposium Spotlight: 1863—The Summer of Dan Sickles

Welcome back to our spotlight series, highlighting speakers and topics for our upcoming symposium. Over the coming weeks, we will continue to feature previews of our speaker’s presentations for the 2023 Emerging Civil War Symposium. This week we feature James Hessler‘s topic.

1863: The Summer of Dan Sickles

Union General Dan Sickles is one of the most controversial individuals of the Civil War’s Eastern Theater. During the summer of 1863, he led the Army of the Potomac’s Third Corps at both Chancellorsville and Gettysburg. His actions at Gettysburg on July 2, in moving his corps forward to occupy the Peach Orchard and Emmitsburg Road, have long been debated. What influence did his experience at Chancellorsville, including his withdrawal from Hazel Grove, really have on his Gettysburg actions? Join Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide, author, and podcaster James Hessler as he analyzes Sickles at Chancellorsville and the consequences that led to Gettysburg only two months later.

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General Sickles (seated) with his staff officers – post-battle of Gettysburg.

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