Old Court House Civil War Museum
Book signing: Kent Masterson Brown,
"Retreat from Gettysburg"
March 22, 2007
Thursday, March 22, at 7 p.m.
in the Courtroom
Kent Masterson Brown will speak on
"Lee, Logistics and the Gettysburg Campaign.”
He will focus on Winchester & Lee’s medical evacuation after Gettysburg.
Following the lecture, the author will be available for signing his book, "Retreat from Gettysburg".
In a groundbreaking, comprehensive history of the Army of Northern Virginia's retreat from Gettysburg in July 1863, Kent Masterson Brown draws on previously untapped sources to chronicle the massive effort of General Robert E. Lee and his command as they sought to move people, equipment, and scavenged supplies through hostile territory and plan the army's next moves.
More than fifty-seven miles of wagon and ambulance trains and tens of thousands of livestock accompanied the army back to Virginia. The movement of troops and supplies over the challenging terrain of mountain passes and despite the adverse conditions of driving rain and muddy quagmires is carefully described, as are General George G. Meade's attempts to attack the trains along the South Mountain range and at Hagerstown and Williamsport, Maryland. Lee's deliberate pace, skillful use of terrain, and constant positioning of the army behind defenses so as to invite attack caused Union forces to delay their own movements at critical times.
Brown concludes that even though the battle of Gettysburg was a defeat for the Army of Northern Virginia, Lee's successful retreat maintained the balance of power in the eastern theater and left his army with enough forage, stores, and fresh meat to ensure its continued existence as an effective force.
About the author Kent Masterson Brown is an attorney in Lexington, Kentucky. He is author of Cushing of Gettysburg: The Story of a Union Artillery Commander and editor of The Civil War in Kentucky.
Awards & Distinctions:
2005 James I. Robertson Jr. Literary Prize, The Civil War Library and Research Center
2005 Bachelder-Coddington Literary Award, Robert E. Lee Civil War Round Table of Central New Jersey
2005 Distinguished Writing Award, Army Historical Foundation
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