When: January 11th
Where: La Navona, 154 North Hamilton Road. Gahanna Ohio 43230
Speaker: Annual roundtable discussion/debate.
Topic: The Meade-Sickles Controversy.
From President Ryan,
As is our practice for our January meeting, we will participate in a true]roundtable function: a debate. The topic for this year’s debate is the Meade-Sickles Controversy, and involves the endlessly fascinating discussion of the decisions made by General Daniel Sickles on July 2, 1863 at Gettysburg to move his Third Corps from Cemetery Ridge west to the high ground where the Emmitsburg Road crosses the Sherfy Peach Orchard. I will provide a short overview of the facts of how the Third Corps arrived at Gettysburg, and then what happened on the morning and the early afternoon before Sickles ordered the movement of his Corps. I will also cover the actions taken by General George Meade both before and after the movement of the Third Corps on July 2. We will then ask each of you to comment, argue, debate and otherwise participate in a rousing discussion of this historic controversy.
I really enjoy our debates (duh; I’m a lawyer), but I hope this gives every member of our Roundtable a platform to discuss the War. Don’t be intimidated and think “I don’t know as much as some people, so my opinion doesn’t count.” Nothing could be farther from the truth, especially when talking about the Meade-Sickles controversy. There is something for everyone in this Controversy: alleged malfeasance by a head-strong subordinate; less-than-clear direction from a newly appointed boss still learning to handle his job; the example of what happened to Sickles at Chancellorsville when he followed the orders of his superiors and vacated the high ground that became the key position for the Confederate victory; the use of an anonymous commentator in the newspaper to publicly argue in favor of someone (that NEVER happens in an age of social media); and on and on. Let’s have a great debate.