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Hammering Sickles

always like to read about interesting personalities from the Civil War, and certainly one of the most interesting is Union major general Daniel E. Sickles, the subject of Rick Britton’s article, “The Antihero of Gettysburg,” in the Winter 2020 issue of . Unfortunately, Mr. Britton falls prey to some old misinformation, starting with Sickles’s famous temporary insanity plea (it was of the first, not first). Next comes the use of the world “blunder” to characterize Sickles’s movement of his III Corps on the second day of the Battle of Gettysburg. Only two months earlier Sickles had faced a similar tactical dilemma in

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