The Civil War in 1864
Gettysburg National Military Park Mid-Winter Lecture Series 2014
Today's Program: The Spring 1864 Congressional Hearings on Meade at Gettysburg: "Witch hunt or Fair play?", with Troy Harman.
General George G. Meade had to appear before a congressional subcommittee in Washington in the spring of 1864 to answer several questions seemingly aimed at diminishing his performance at Gettysburg. The several loaded questions leveled at him, and his corps' commanders, who also testified, appear in retrospect to be unfair at best, and a witch hunt at worst. What were the intentions of the Committee on the Conduct of War? Did they simply ask questions that needed to be asked, or did they hope to raise doubts about the administration's ability to prosecute the war? Why burden the memory of a great Union victory with innuendo's that Meade could have done more?
This series of free, one-hour programs begins at 1:30 p.m., in Ford Education Center at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. Additional lectures will take place on weekends through March 9 and are free of charge. Full schedule available by calling 717-334-1124 x 8023 or by visiting www.nps.gov/gett