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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

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

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/9780807898390_hess.7

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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