This chapter describes the Rebel bombardment. The Confederates sought to reduce Union artillery power significantly so the infantry would not be punished so severely when it attacked. A second Confederate objective was to demoralize, kill, and wound as many Union infantrymen as possible. In a limited but significant way the Rebel bombardment was stunningly successful and gave Pickett's division, if not the entire attacking force, a better chance of success. But in other ways it was a waste of effort.
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