The Rashness of That Hour: Politics, Gettysburg, and the Downfall of Confederate Brigadier General Alfred Iverson.
October 7, 2011
Robert Wynstra, author of "The Rashness of That Hour: Politics, Gettysburg, and the Downfall of Confederate Brigadier General Alfred Iverson."
Gerry's Monologue - "This is Gerry Prokopowicz, with Civil War Talk Radio,...
...on July 1, 1863 just north of the town of Gettysburg, the Confederate infantry brigade commanded by Brig. Gen. Alfred Iverson marched across an open field into a federal ambush. Within minutes the brigade was practically destroyed losing close to two thirds of its officers and men; killed, wounded or captured. The first day of Gettysburg is generally remembered as one of success for Lee's army, but it was one of disaster for the North Carolinians of Iversen's command. How to did happen? Where was Iversen during the fight? Was he incompetent? Or a coward? Or even drunk on the day of battle, as postwar rumors had it? We will explore the career of the man whose troops were slaughtered on the 1st July in conversation with Robert J. Wynstra, author of "The Rashness of That Hour: Politics, Gettysburg and the Downfall of Confederate Brig. Gen. Alfred Iverson." That is today on Civil War Talk Radio."
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