Pickett's Charge: A New Look at Gettysburg's Final Attack

Pickett's Charge: A New Look at Gettysburg's Final Attack

by Phillip Thomas Tucker PhD

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A look at one of the most important events of the Civil War in an “almost minute-by-minute account of the most famous infantry charge in history (William C. Davis, Civil War author and distinguished scholar).
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).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781634508025
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
Publication date: 08/16/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 520
Sales rank: 233,570
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

Phillip Thomas Tucker, PhD, is a writer and historian who has edited and authored more than two dozen books and written over sixty scholarly articles. After earning his PhD in 1990, he took a position as civilian historian with the Department of Defense and specialized in air force history. His previous books include George Washington’s Surprise Attack, Exodus from the Alamo, and Father of the Tuskegee Airmen, John C. Robinson. He lives in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.

Table of Contents

Gettysburg Time Line: Leading up to Pickett's Charge xi

Introduction xxi

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

Epilogue 368

About the Author 376

Notes 377

Index 456

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Pickett's Charge: A New Look at Gettysburg's Final Attack 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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Very well written book that shows how close the charge came to succeeding