The Battle of Gettysburg was the turning point of the Civil War, producing over 57,000 dead and wounded in a battle that would stand as the Confederacy’s high watermark. On the third day of fierce fighting, Robert E. Lee’s attempt to invade the North came to a head in Pickett’s Charge. The infantry assault consisted of nine brigades of soldiers in a line that stretched for over a mile, and would result in a horrific slaughter with casualties of over fifty percent for the Confederates. It was a devastating blow to Southern morale.
Pickett’s Charge is a detailed analysis of one of the most iconic and defining events in American history, presenting a much-needed fresh look—including unvarnished truths and ugly realities—about an unforgettable story. With the luxury of hindsight, historians have long denounced the folly of Lee’s attack, but this work reveals the tactical brilliance of a master plan that went awry.
Special emphasis is placed on the common soldiers on both sides, especially the non-Virginia attackers outside of Pickett’s Virginia Division. These fighters’ moments of cowardice, failure, and triumph are explored using their own words
Without romance and glorification, the complexities and contradictions of the dramatic story of Pickett’s Charge have been revealed in full to reveal this most pivotal moment in the nation’s life, as “a popular historian deconstructs ‘the greatest assault of the greatest battle of America’s greatest war’” (Kirkus Review).
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Table of Contents
Gettysburg Time Line: Leading up to Pickett's Charge xi
Chapter I Genesis of Pickett's Charge: Evolution of a Brilliant Tactical Plan 1
Chapter II The War's Greatest Artillery Bombardment 48
Chapter III Orchestrating the Wars Most Magnificent Charge 83
Chapter IV A Carefully Calculated Case of Going for Broke 109
Chapter V Running the Artillery Gauntlet 171
Chapter VI The "Vortex of Fire" along the Emmitsburg Road 205
Chapter VII Overrunning the Angle 252
Chapter VIII Capturing Additional Union Cannon 314
Chapter IX Requiem for an American Tragedy 348
About the Author 376
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Very well written book that shows how close the charge came to succeeding