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July 03, 2021

158 years

158 years today. July 3, 1863. 2:00 pm. 87 degrees. Pickett’s Charge (aka Pickett’s March). Gettysburg. No braver men ever lived. 12,500 Confederate infantrymen. Nine brigades. One mile in length. They marched not charged. 6,555 total (Union and CSA) casualties.

“There was ... a weak point ... where [Cemetery Ridge], sloping westward, formed the depression through which the Emmitsburg road passes. Perceiving that by forcing the Federal lines at that point and turning toward Cemetery Hill [Hays' Division] would be taken in flank and the remainder would be neutralized. ... Lee determined to attack at that point, and the execution was assigned to Longstreet.”

—Brigadier General Armistead Lindsay Long, Lee’s military secretary in “Memoirs of Robert E. Lee: His Military and Personal History.”London: Sampson, Low, Marston, Seale and Rivington, 1886, pp. 287–288.


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Posted by JD Hull at July 3, 2021 11:42 AM

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