Historian John Miller has put up a little teaser on his Monterey Pass Battlefield website about the seminar coming up on November 8. Click on the link to read more. John has asked me and my co-authors on the Gettysburg retreat book, Eric Wittenberg and Mike Nugent, to be the keynote speakers at the event.
The fight at the Monterey Pass is one of my favorites of the Gettysburg Campaign to study. Taking place during a pitch-black rainstorm late on the night of July 4, Brig. Gen. Judson Kilpatrick’s 3rd Federal Cavalry Division troopers were pitted against a rear guard protecting the escaping wagon trains of Ewell’s column. We have an entire chapter devoted to the fight in our book One Continuous Fight, containing the most updated and detailed scholarship on the scrap. I love exploring the area – the pass (as well as nearby Fairfield Pass) is some of the most beautiful country in that part of the Commonwealth, and since the terrain and roads are virtually unchanged save for the asphalt, interpretation of the fighting is easy to understand and appreciate.
John and his folks are doing yeoman’s work as they labor to save the area and bring publicity to the area’s history in the Civil War, and they deserve hearty kudos. Historians such as Ted Alexander, Kent Masterson Brown and John Miller himself will be in attendance.
Watch John’s website for updates, and please plan to attend if you can. If you want to get “off the beaten path” and learn about some of the “other” events surrounding Gettysburg, you’ll appreciate this event.