The Civil War in 1864
Gettysburg National Military Park Mid-Winter Lecture Series 2014
Today's Program: "Longstreet to the Rescue"- The Battle of the Wilderness, May 6, 1864, with Karlton Smith.
On the morning of May 6, the second day of the battle of the Wilderness, Gen. Robert E. Lee and his Army of Northern Virginia were on the verge of collapse. At the critical moment, Lt. Gen. James Longstreet and his First Corps came swinging onto the field "like a fine lady at a ball." This program will examine the impact of Longstreet's attack on the morning of May 6, the circumstances surrounding Longstreet's wounding, and what the Confederates thought could have happened if Longstreet had not been wounded.
This series of free, one-hour programs begins at 1:30 p.m., in the Ford Education Center at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. These lectures are free of charge. Full schedule available by calling 717-334-1124 x 8023 or by visiting www.nps.gov/gett