- Jun 2006
There was a book on military tactics that Lee was taught at West Point, I forget the name of it, but that was basically the way it played out the battle. If you attack the flanks and fail the enemy will have to weken it's center to replenish them. But Meade was of the same school of thought.^^Agreed, and to be honest i never imagined that Lee had this in mind (to attack the flanks and then the center), did not Longstreet said to Lee the same?
According to what account you read, Longstreet was either against the attack altogether, or he was against Gettysburg altogether. Nobody wants to accept the blame for Gettysburg, and rightfully so because it was a very big blunder on the south's part. There was critisism on Longstreet for being slow at times, he waited for a long time on the 3d to attack leaving Ewell's corps exhausted and unable to aid in the attack from fighting all morning. Porter Alexander is blamed for the artillery attack not being as effective, to his credit, it was extremely hard to see the enemy with the humidity holding the smoke low to the ground. And Lee gets the most blame for even attacking. Lee was the only one that actually blamed himself for the debaucle. Everyone else was too busy pointing fingers