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Pickett’s Charge: What Was Lee Thinking?

Press Release: York Civil War Round Table
       At the next virtual meeting on February 15, 2023, the York (PA) Civil War Round Table welcomes author and Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide James A. Hessler as he presents a fascinating PowerPoint talk on “Pickett’s Charge: What Was Lee Thinking?” This will be a Zoom only meeting, with no in-person attendance. Check the webpage for theYork County History Center to register for the talk or watch it live on the Facebook page for YCHC.
       The doomed July 3 assault known popularly as “Pickett’s Charge” at Gettysburg is frequently considered to be one of General Robert E. Lee’s greatest military mistakes. As a result, generations of Civil War enthusiasts have mistakenly assumed that the idea was doomed and suicidal from the outset. “What was Lee thinking when he ordered this?” is one of the most common questions by modern visitors to the battlefield. Join historian and Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Jim Hessler as he answers this question and walks us through the strategic and tactical situation facing Lee to see how this infamously misunderstood assault came together.
         James A. 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, Breitbart News, 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 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 Jim’s current and future projects.
James Hessler and Warren Motts (courtesy of Savas Beattie LLC)