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|While I admire Howard, one has to suspect that Gettysburg was NOT his finest hour. By the same token, there were officers under him who performed just as poorly but, came out smelling like roses (Barlow). There were a few that came out smelling less than stellar too (Shimmelfennig-fairly or not).
When reading some CW history I find it helpful to know the author and his/her intention before coming to a judgement. That said, I would have to read up on July 1 more in order to comment further.