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Gettysburg, Pennsylvania (Pickett’s Charge)
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Lee planned to launch the main assault against the Union center. Longstreet had misgivings and cautioned Lee, but spent the morning readying his brigades for the attack. An artillery bombardment prior to the attack failed to inflict significant casualties or knock out the Union artillery. When Longstreet ordered the attack, the Confederates had to advance over nearly three-quarters of a mile of open ground, and as soon as the advance left cover it came under Union artillery fire.
One of Picket’s divisional commanders, Lewis A. Armistead, with hat on the tip of his sword, led from the front and was one of the few soldiers that managed to reach the Union lines. Almost half of the Confederate troops engaged in the attack failed to return. The Confederate loss at Gettysburg marked a turning point in the war.
The stage is set, the battle lines are drawn, and you are in command. The rest is history.
July 1-3, 1863
Pickett's Charge was an infantry assault ordered by Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee against Maj. Gen. George G. Meade's Union positions on July 3, 1863, the last day of the Battle of Gettysburg in the state of Pennsylvania during the American Civil War. Its futility was predicted by the charge's commander, Lt. Gen. James Longstreet, and it was arguably an avoidable mistake from which the Southern war effort never fully recovered militarily or psychologically. The farthest point reached by the attack has been referred to as the high-water mark of the Confederacy. The charge is named after Maj. Gen. George Pickett, one of three Confederate generals who led the assault under Longstreet.
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