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Pickett's Charge—The Last Attack at Gettysburg$
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Earl J. Hess

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780807826485

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807898390_hess

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The Last Attack at Gettysburg

The Last Attack at Gettysburg

(p.1) Chapter 1 The Last Attack at Gettysburg
Pickett's Charge—The Last Attack at Gettysburg

Earl J. Hess

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter describes events on the morning of July 3, 1863. Lt. Gen. Robert E. Lee outlined to Gen. James Longstreet his plan for the entire First Corps to strike the south end of Cemetery Ridge in a frontal assault. Two of Longstreet's divisions, Maj. Gen. John B. Hood's (commanded by Brig. Gen. Evander M. Law) and Maj. Gen. Lafayette McLaws's, were already in line, holding the Confederate right. Lee wanted to better Longstreet's chances of success by coordinating an attack on the extreme left, to be conducted by Lt. Gen. Richard S. Ewell's Second Corps against the Federal right. Longstreet was stunned. He had assumed that the results of the previous day's action proved frontal assaults were too costly and unlikely to produce results. However, Lee remained convinced that a direct assault on the center was the true course of action.

Keywords:   Civil War, battle of Gettysburg, Confederates, Robert E. Lee, James Longstreet

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