For Episode Seven of The Battle of Gettysburg Podcast, Eric and Jim are joined by their friend and fellow Licensed Battlefield Guide Wayne Motts to discuss the life of Brigadier General Lewis Armistead. In addition to being a Licensed Battlefield Guide, Wayne Motts is the CEO of The National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and the author of a 1994 biography on Armistead. In 2015, he co-authored "Pickett's Charge at Gettysburg" with podcast co-host Jim Hessler.
In the episode details of Armistead's early life and military career are discussed, along with his role in the Battle of Gettysburg and his friendship with Winfield Scott Hancock and James Longstreet. Wayne also gives a unique take on the depiction of Armistead in the 1994 film Gettysburg. All this and more, plus an appearance from Bobo, the dog, make this an episode you do not want to miss!
Eric and Jim attempt to delve into one of the most commonly asked visitor questions they receive as Licensed Battlefield Guides at Gettysburg: What was Lee thinking to order Pickett's Charge? This episode focuses on the planning that went into one of the most famous military attacks in history and the thought process behind it. What was the objective? What was the attack aiming for? Was this a desperate gamble? Find out the answers to these questions and more in Episode Six of The Battle of Gettysburg Podcast.
Eric and Jim continue their dive into the actions in and around the Sherfy's peach orchard. In this episode they delve into some of the most intense, yet overlooked fighting at the Battle of Gettysburg. They also cover what became of the property after the battle, and answer listener questions.
The first of a two-part series which will focus on the ferocious, yet often overlooked, fighting in and around the Peach Orchard owned by Joseph Sherfy and his family. In part one, Eric and Jim give background on the property and discuss the plans of General Robert E. Lee and his army for the Peach Orchard and the Emmitsburg Road on July 2, 1863. They also detail and discuss the motivations for Major General Daniel Sickles and his Union Third Corps to move forward to the position in one of the most controversial decisions of the battle, and the disruptions they will cause to not only the Union battle line but to the Confederate plan of attack as well.
Since there was so much material to cover the decision was made to turn the Peach Orchard into a two-part series with Episode Four covering the background and planning on July 2, and Episode Five a detailed look at the fighting in the area.
In Episode Three, Eric and Jim delve into the often-asked question of "what if Jackson were at Gettysburg?" While not an alternative history episode the premise is to use the question as a means to compare and contrast Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson and Richard Ewell in their roles as commanders of the Second Corps of the Army of Northern Virginia. Would the battle have been different? Was there a significant drop off in leadership ability and performance? The answers to these questions from the hosts might surprise you and challenge long-held assumptions on the fighting of July 1.
On Episode Two of the Battle of Gettysburg Podcast, Licensed Battlefield Guides James Hessler and Eric Lindblade take a closer look at one of the most critical days in the Gettysburg Campaign: June 28, 1863.
Eric and Jim will detail the circumstances of George Meade taking command of the Army of the Potomac, Robert E. Lee discovering the location of Union forces and a terrible day for J.E.B. Stuart.
Also, questions from listeners about June 28 and the events surrounding it are answered.
The first episode ever for The Battle of Gettysburg Podcast! In this episode, Eric and Jim give background on themselves and discuss the format of the podcast. Later they delve a bit into Gettysburg today and visitation.