Tuesday, May 1, 2007
Jeb Stuart and the Confederate Defeat at Gettysburg
From the publisher:
The Army was much embarrassed by the absence of the cavalry,” Robert E. Lee wrote of the Gettysburg campaign, stirring a controversy that has never died. Lee’s statement was an indirect indictment of General James Ewell Brown (“Jeb”) Stuart, who was the cavalry. Jeb Stuart and the Confederate Defeat at Gettysburg reexamines the questions that have shadowed the legendary Confederate hero and offers a fresh, informed interpretation of his role at Gettysburg. Avoiding the partisan pros and cons characterizing previous accounts, Warren C. Robinson reassesses the historical record to come to a clearer view of Stuart’s orders for the crucial battle (as well as what was expected of him), of his actual performance, and of the impact his late arrival had on the outcome of the campaign. Though Stuart may not have disobeyed Lee’s orders, Robinson argues, he did abuse the general’s discretion by raiding Washington rather than scouting for the army at Gettysburg—a move that profoundly affected the Confederate fortunes and perhaps the war itself.
Warren C. Robinson, a professor emeritus at Pennsylvania State University, is the author and editor of numerous works in the field of economics and the author of many articles in the field of military history and policy. He is currently a free-lance writer and consultant based in Washington DC.
Mr. Robinson's topic was anticipated in September of 2006 by Savas Beatie's release of Eric Wittenberg's and J. David Petruzzi's Plenty of Blame to Go Around. They reach different conclusions than Prof. Robinson. Note that on both Amazon and B&N, neither site offered a link to Plenty of Blame when Robinson's title was searched on. The algorithm for "if you liked this" is not connecting these topically similar works.