Oct. 12, 2016 (Wednesday) — The Devil’s To Pay or What A Spectacular View From The Lutheran Seminary Cupola. Bill Walker will discuss General John Buford at Gettysburg.
Many students of the civil war know of the exploits of Joshua Chamberlain, Patrick (“Paddy”) O’Rorke, Strong Vincent, Stephen Weed and Charles Hazlett on and around Sugar Loaf Mountain (only later known as Little Round Top). Most Licensed Battlefield Guides, if you ask, and they are being honest in their response, will tell you Chamberlain and Little Round Top distort, dominate and overshadow many other important events and figures that had significant impacts on the Gettysburg military engagement. These other events and figures had a substantive yet unrecognized contribution to the battle and are today generally unknown or unacknowledged. One such event occurred over the period of June 30 through July 1, 1863, on the northern part of the battlefield; General John Buford seized an opportunity that permitted the Army of the Potomac to arrive at, and eventually secure possession of, Cemetery Ridge. “The Devil’s To Pay, or What A Spectacular View From The Lutheran Seminary Cupola” will examine the role of General Buford and the 1st Cavalry Division’s decisive actions prior to the Battle of Gettysburg that set in motion a series of circumstances that led to the Army of the Potomac engaging Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia on these grounds. The decision to confront the enemy at Gettysburg led to a crushing defeat of Lee’s army that many historians view as the point of no return for the Confederacy.
The meeting will be at 7:00 p.m. at the Athens County Public Library, at the corner of Home and Lincoln streets.