A long-time friend of the York CWRT, Dr. Charles C. Fennell, Jr., is returning on September 21, 2011, for his annual talk and battlefield walk program. He will present a talk entitled “Assault on Little Round Top: A Southern Perspective on Lost Opportunity.” He will also be leading the roundtable on a field study/ battlefield walk on Saturday, September 24, 2011, at 1 p.m. at GNMP on the movements of Law’s and Robertson’s brigades of Gen. Hood’s Division on July 2, 1863.
Dr. Fennell will discuss the Confederate assault on Little Round Top on July 2, 1863, by Maj. Gen. John Bell Hood’s Division. Dr. Fennell will focus on Brig. Gen. Evander Law’s Brigade of Alabamians, who had the distinction of being the “brigade of direction” and would lead the assault on the Federal left, followed by Brig. Gen. Robertson’s Texas Brigade. Shortly after their advance, Gen. Hood was hit by a shell fragment and Gen. Law took command of the division. As a result of this change of command, Dr. Fennell will discuss the events that followed that prevented the Confederates from securing the most important prize of the day, Little Round Top.
The York CWRT meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday evening in the auditorium of the York County Heritage Trust at 250 E. Market St. in downtown York, Pennsylvania. There is no charge for admission and the public is welcome! Parking is also free.
Dr. Charles C. Fennell, Jr. is currently on the staff at the Gettysburg Campus of the Harrisburg Area Community College. He has been a Licensed Battlefield Guide at GNMP since 1986. He received his Ph.D. from West Virginia University.