Time: 6:30 p.m.
Meade at Gettysburg: A Study in Command
950 Soldiers Drive
Although he took command of the Army of the Potomac only three days before the first shots were fired at Gettysburg, Union General George G. Meade guided his forces to victory in the Civil War’s most pivotal battle. Commentators often dismiss Meade when discussing the great leaders of the Civil War. In this lecture, historian Kent Masterson Brown draws on an expansive archive to reappraise Meade’s leadership during the Battle of Gettysburg. Using Meade’s published and unpublished papers alongside diaries, letters, and memoirs of fellow officers and enlisted men, Brown highlights how Meade’s rapid advance of the army to Gettysburg on July 1, his tactical control and coordination of the army in the desperate fighting on July 2, and his determination to hold his positions on July 3 insured victory.
The lecture will also be live-streamed.