Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Program Name

Military History

Capstone Instructor

Dr. Robert Young


This study examines the events leading up to and including the controversial actions of General Daniel Edgar Sickles on July 2nd 1863, at the Battle of Gettysburg, during the American Civil War. It is a study of the performance of General Sickles during the Battle of Gettysburg, specifically, the decision he made to re-deploy Third Corps from its assigned position on Cemetery Ridge to the Emmitsburg Road. This study will examine the ascension of Dan Sickles through the ranks of leadership within the Union Army and his professional relationship with his superiors. Additionally, his experiences during the Peninsulas Campaign, Battle of Fredericksburg and the Battle of Chancellorsville will be studied to determine how these battles influenced his judgment and conduct at Gettysburg. Finally, this study will look closely at the effect of the Peach Orchard position on the Confederate attack that targeted the left flank of the Union position on Cemetery Ridge.



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