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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 Bombardment

The Bombardment

(p.125) Chapter 4 The Bombardment
Pickett's Charge—The Last Attack at Gettysburg

Earl J. Hess

University of North Carolina Press

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.

Keywords:   Civil War, battle of Gettysburg, artillery, Confederates, Union, gunners

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