Unintentional reconciliation – memorializing the cavalry fight at Gettysburg




Zander, Cecily Nelson

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Emerging Civil War


Though not far from the Civil War’s memorial epicenter, the cavalry battlefield at Gettysburg National Military Park sits relatively undisturbed by the crowds of tourists who come to see the site of the largest ever battle in the Western Hemisphere. Nearly every automobile, bicycle tire, and hiking boot that sets foot on the present-day battlefield eventually finds its way to the copse of trees and the monument to the High Water Mark of the Rebellion. There they find several artillery pieces, a small grove of trees, and an open bronze book—a monument that has guided thousands of visitors to the mistaken impression that the defeat of George Pickett and his Virginians (and J. Johnston Pettigrew and Isaac Trimble and their North Carolinians) meant the defeat of the Confederacy and that Gettysburg was the war’s great turning point.


Article originally published by Emerging Civil War. English. Published July 2020. https://emergingcivilwar.com/2020/07/03/unintentional-reconciliation-memorializing-the-cavalry-fight-at-gettysburg/. Permission to deposit this file has been obtained directly from the publisher. Please read the faculty member's entry in the Project INDEX Master Sheet for more information about the publisher communications.


3rd Pennsylvania Cavalry, Battlefield monuments, Caroline Janney, Cavalry at Gettysburg, David Blight, David M. Gregg, Gaines M. Foster, George A. Custer, Gettysburg, Gettysburg Anniversary, JEB Stuart, Memorials, Pickett's Charge, Reconciliation, William Brooke Rawle


This is the published version of an article that is available at https://emergingcivilwar.com/2020/07/03/unintentional-reconciliation-memorializing-the-cavalry-fight-at-gettysburg/. Recommended citation: Zander, C. N. (2020, July 3). Unintentional reconciliation – memorializing the cavalry fight at Gettysburg. Emerging Civil War. This item has been deposited in accordance with publisher copyright and licensing terms and with the author’s permission.