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Pickett’s Charge: “What Was Lee Thinking?”- With James Hessler
March 9 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Free to ACWM members and to those who have purchased museum admission for the day.
The July 3, 1863, assault known popularly as “Pickett’s Charge” at Gettysburg is commonly considered to be one of General Robert E. Lee’s greatest military mistakes. As a result, generations of Civil War enthusiasts have assumed that the idea was doomed and suicidal from the outset. “What was Lee thinking when he ordered this?” is one of the most asked questions by modern visitors to the battlefield. Join historian and Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide, James Hessler, as he walks through the strategic and tactical situation facing Lee to see how this infamously misunderstood assault unfolded.
Jim will have copies of his book “Pickett’s Charge at Gettysburg” (co-authored with Wayne Motts and maps by Steve Stanley) which has been recently reprinted.
James Hessler has worked as a Licensed Battlefield Guide at Gettysburg National Military Park for two decades. Jim has authored or co-authored three full-length books on the Gettysburg campaign: Sickles at Gettysburg (2009), Pickett’s Charge at Gettysburg (2015), and Gettysburg’s Peach Orchard (2019). His books received several distinguished book awards.
Jim currently co-hosts the popular Battle of Gettysburg Podcast. His other media appearances include Travel Channel, C-SPAN, NPR, PCN-TV, and other outlets. He also authored articles in Gettysburg Magazine, America’s Civil War, and Hallowed Ground Magazine. He was one of the primary content designers for the American Battlefield Trust’s mobile Gettysburg application. Jim is a frequent speaker for Civil War Round Tables and other historical groups nationwide. In addition to Gettysburg, he leads tours at several other battlefields and historic sites across the country. He currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Little Bighorn Associates and formerly on the Executive Council for the Association of Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guides. Follow Jim’s Facebook page at James Hessler’s Gettysburg History to receive updates on James’ current and future projects.