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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 Attackers

The Attackers

(p.36) Chapter 2 The Attackers
Pickett's Charge—The Last Attack at Gettysburg

Earl J. Hess

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter focuses on the Confederates who participated in the assault. Pickett's command was the only full division that had not yet seen action in the battle, and thus it was a natural choice. Pettigrew's division happened to be in the right place, immediately to Pickett's left, and it at least had a chance to regroup the previous day from its terrible battle on July 1. Lee arbitrarily picked the two brigades of Pender's division. The supporting units to right and left required no reflection; whichever brigades were there had to shoulder the responsibility. All these units were solid and reliable under normal circumstances. There was a wide difference in their readiness on July 3 due to their differing experience with battle in the preceding few days.

Keywords:   Civil War, battle of Gettysburg, Confederate army, soldiers, battle

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