Lee is Trapped and Must be Taken: Eleven Fateful Days after Gettysburg, July 4-14, 1863

Co-authors Thomas J. Ryan and Richard R. Schaus, take an in-depth look at the Gettysburg commanders as they moved their armies in the crucial days following the Battle of Gettysburg.

Central to the respective commanders’ decisions was the information they received about the movements, intentions, and capability of the enemy. Using officers’ reports, enlisted men’s letters, newspapers, and civilian recollections, the authors assess the intelligence available to each commander. They present the eleven-day period after Gettysburg as a battle of wits to determine which commander better understood the information he received, and how he directed the movements of his army accordingly. Prepare for some surprising revelations.

Our speaker, co-author Rick Schaus, is a retired Sergeant Major, U.S. Army. He served on active duty for more than 30 years in a variety of army and joint military intelligence assignments both at home and abroad. Rick is a lifelong student of the Civil War and American military history in general, and the Gettysburg Campaign in particular.

The book, “Lee is Trapped and Must be Taken,” is the winner of the Edwin C. Bearss Scholarly Research Award and is available from Amazon in hardback, Kindle, and audio versions.

Copies of the book can be purchased here:


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