Our March online gathering featured Cory M. Pfarr, author of “Longstreet At Gettysburg: A Critical Reassessment,” recognized by the Civil War Round Table of Gettysburg as its 2020 Distinguished Book of the Year. From the number of people tuning in across the country, there would seem to be great interest in Gen. James Longstreet’s role in the great battle.

Of the many “what ifs,” few generate more discussion than this: What if Robert E. Lee had followed Longstreet’s counsel, and instead of fighting at Gettysburg, moved the Army of Northern Virginia to the right and marched east, interposing between the Army of the Potomac and Washington D.C.? In the Longstreet scenario, George Meade would have then been forced to attack Lee in a defensive position of the Confederate general’s own choosing.

Bruce Davis is president of the Civil War Round Table of Gettysburg. The opinions and ideas expressed here are his own and he invites you contact him at brdgettysburg@gmail.com.

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