A forthcoming reassessment of James Longstreet and his role at Gettysburg is about to roll off the presses and into bookstores, and early reviews suggest author Cory Pfarr has hit a home run.
Pfarr, an American history write hailing from Baltimore, argues that Longstreet’s record has been unfairly discredited. Beginning with Jubal Early, William Pendelton and other apologists for Robert E. Lee’s failure in Adams County in July 1863, post-war contemporaries and historians to the present day have regularly drawn-and-quartered Longstreet for having lost the Battle of Gettysburg and, by extension, Southern independence. Pfarr has taken an alternative view in an effort to refute more than a century of negative evaluations of “Old Pete.”
William Garrett Piston, author of Lee’s Tarnished Lieutenant: James Longstreet and his Place in Southern History, claims Pfarr’s work, “is a welcome addition to the historiography of the most studied engagement in American History,” and Longstreet Society Past President Richard Pilcher adds, “once each decade an honest work concerning James Longstreet is published [and] Cory Pfarr has this decade covered.”
No one is neutral about James Longstreet and Gettysburg, and this tome is sure to delight supporters and infuriate detractors. For more, check out the following links: