Barksdale’s Charge: The True High Tide of the Confederacy at Gettysburg, July 2, 1863 is now available from Casemate!
In this new study, Phillip Thomas Tucker, author of Exodus from the Alamo, focuses on the often-overlooked second day of the battle of Gettysburg, known as Barksdale’s Charge.
“While Pickett’s Charge, on day three of Gettysburg, has received numerous book-length treatments and become a phrase for the ages, Barksdale’s charge the day before has not. Gen. William Barksdale, former secessionist U.S. Congressman, was in command of four Mississippi regiments in Lt. Gen. James Longstreet’s corps, directed to attack from the woods, wheel northward, and break the Union lines. Barksdale got the go-ahead to charge as dusk approached. On his horse driving his troops onward, he seemed to have the Federals on the run. It was this moment, says Tucker quite reasonably, that was really the high-water mark for the Confederacy rather than Pickett’s Charge the next day. Had Barksdale paused to regroup and then charge again, perhaps, perhaps…. But he spurred his troops on, was mortally wounded, and the Union forces were able to hold on to fight another day. Tucker sets his narrative within the context of the battles and personalities leading up to that day’s near victory for the Confederacy.”— LIBRARY JOURNAL
To learn more about Philip Thomas Tucker’s inquiry into Barkdale’s Charge, read the introduction to the book below:
You can purchase your own copy of Barksdale’s Charge here.