When: September 10th
Where: Otterbein University. Towers Hall 3rd floor. Room 318. Westerville Ohio 43081. Please go to the “About the COCWRT” tab for more information.
Speaker: Greg Mertz
Greg Mertz is the Supervisory Historian at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park and has worked on the four battlefields there for 30 years. At our September meeting, Greg will discuss the opening days of the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House from three perspectives. Federal cavalry commander Phillip Sheridan had a falling out with army commander George Meade, resulting in the cavalry making a raid and leaving the army without its “eyes and ears” for the entire battle. Federal Fifth Corps leader Gouverneur Warren had been a rising star in the army since showing initiative at Gettysburg’s Little Round Top, but he fell out of favor at Spotsylvania. The refinement and widespread use of field fortifications resulted in the experimentation with some new tactics being tried at Spotsylvania. The use of cavalry, the reputation of Warren and attacking earthworks in the opening phase of the fighting at Spotsylvania had far reaching consequences.