Pickett s Charge at GettysburgPickett s Charge at Gettysburg



Although much has been written about the battle itself and PickettÕs Charge in particular, PickettÕs Charge at Gettysburg is the first battlefield guide for this celebrated assault.

Author: James A. Hessler

Publisher: Savas Beatie

ISBN: 9781611212006

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Page: 320

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150 years after the event, the grand near-suicidal attack against the Union position on Cemetery Ridge still emotionally resonates with Gettysburg enthusiasts like no other aspect of the battle. On the afternoon of July 3, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee ordered more than 12,000 Southern infantry to undertake what would become the most legendary charge in American military history. This attack, popularly but inaccurately known as ÒPickettÕs Charge,Ó is often considered the turning point of the Civil WarÕs seminal battle of Gettysburg. Although much has been written about the battle itself and PickettÕs Charge in particular, PickettÕs Charge at Gettysburg is the first battlefield guide for this celebrated assault. After the war, one staff officer perceptively observed that the charge Òhas been more criticized, and is still less understood, than any other act of the Gettysburg drama.Ó Unfortunately, what was true then remains true to this day. The authors of this bookÑtwo of GettysburgÕs elite Licensed Battlefield Guides along with one of the Civil WarÕs leading cartographersÑhave corrected that oversight. Grounded in the premise that no better resource exists for understanding this unique event than the battlefield itself, PickettÕs Charge at Gettysburg encourages its readers to explore this storied event from a wide variety of perspectives. For the first time, readers can march toward the Copse of Trees with ArmisteadÕs Virginians, advance on the Confederate left with PettigrewÕs North Carolinians, or defend the Angle with Alonzo CushingÕs gunners and thousands of Union soldiers. There is much here to enrich the experience, including dozens of full-color original maps, scores of battlefield and other historic photographs, a unique mix of rare human interest stories, a discussion of leadership controversies, and a rare collection of artifacts directly related to the charge. PickettÕs Charge at Gettysburg is designed for readers to enjoy on or off the battlefield, and will give Civil War enthusiasts an entirely new appreciation for, and understanding of, GettysburgÕs third day of battle.

Pickett s Charge The Last Attack at GettysburgPickett s Charge The Last Attack at Gettysburg



Sweeping away many of the myths that have long surrounded Pickett's Charge, Earl Hess offers the definitive history of the most famous military action of the Civil War.

Author: Earl J. Hess

Publisher: UNC Press Books

ISBN: 9780807898390

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Page: 520

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Sweeping away many of the myths that have long surrounded Pickett's Charge, Earl Hess offers the definitive history of the most famous military action of the Civil War. He transforms exhaustive research into a moving narrative account of the assault from both Union and Confederate perspectives, analyzing its planning, execution, aftermath, and legacy.

Pickett s ChargePickett s Charge



Pickett’s Charge is a detailed analysis of one of the most iconic and defining events in American history. This book presents a much-needed fresh look, including the unvarnished truths and ugly realities, about the unforgettable story.

Author: Phillip Thomas Tucker

Publisher: Skyhorse

ISBN: 9781634508025

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Page: 520

View: 994

Main Selection of the History Book Club The Battle of Gettysburg, the Civil War’s turning point, produced over 57,000 casualties, the largest number from the entire war that was itself America’s bloodiest conflict. 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, consisting of nine brigades of soldiers in a line that stretched for over a mile, resulted in casualties of over 50 percent for the Confederates and a huge psychological blow to Southern morale. Pickett’s Charge is a detailed analysis of one of the most iconic and defining events in American history. This book presents a much-needed fresh look, including the unvarnished truths and ugly realities, about the 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 from primary and unpublished sources. 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. Skyhorse Publishing, as well as our Arcade imprint, are proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in history--books about World War II, the Third Reich, Hitler and his henchmen, the JFK assassination, conspiracies, the American Civil War, the American Revolution, gladiators, Vikings, ancient Rome, medieval times, the old West, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.

Pickett s ChargePickett s Charge



More than 150 firsthand accounts of the American Civil War, many of them long forgotten and previously unpublished. Includes accounts from Lee, Longstreet, Pickett, Meade, and Hancock.

Author: Richard Rollins

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780811770132

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Page: 432

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More than 150 firsthand accounts of the American Civil War, many of them long forgotten and previously unpublished. Includes accounts from Lee, Longstreet, Pickett, Meade, and Hancock. Maps pinpoint each writer's location on the battlefield.

Pickett s Charge in History and MemoryPickett s Charge in History and Memory



Reardon shows that the story told today of Pickett's Charge is really an amalgam of history and memory. The evolution of that mix, she concludes, tells us much about how we come to understand our nation's past.

Author: Carol Reardon

Publisher: UNC Press Books

ISBN: 9780807873540

Category:

Page: 296

View: 900

If, as many have argued, the Civil War is the most crucial moment in our national life and Gettysburg its turning point, then the climax of the climax, the central moment of our history, must be Pickett's Charge. But as Carol Reardon notes, the Civil War saw many other daring assaults and stout defenses. Why, then, is it Pickett's Charge at Gettysburg--and not, for example, Richardson's Charge at Antietam or Humphreys's Assault at Fredericksburg--that looms so large in the popular imagination? As this innovative study reveals, by examining the events of 3 July 1863 through the selective and evocative lens of 'memory' we can learn much about why Pickett's Charge endures so strongly in the American imagination. Over the years, soldiers, journalists, veterans, politicians, orators, artists, poets, and educators, Northerners and Southerners alike, shaped, revised, and even sacrificed the 'history' of the charge to create 'memories' that met ever-shifting needs and deeply felt values. Reardon shows that the story told today of Pickett's Charge is really an amalgam of history and memory. The evolution of that mix, she concludes, tells us much about how we come to understand our nation's past.

Pickett s Charge at Gettysburg X Books Total War Pickett s Charge at Gettysburg X Books Total War



More than 150 years after the event, the grand attack against the Union position on Cemetery Ridge still emotionally resonates with Gettysburg enthusiasts like no other aspect of the battle.

Author: Jennifer Johnson

Publisher: Scholastic Inc.

ISBN: 9780531137581

Category:

Page: 48

View: 405

More than 150 years after the event, the grand attack against the Union position on Cemetery Ridge still emotionally resonates with Gettysburg enthusiasts like no other aspect of the battle.

The Men Who Ordered Pickett s ChargeThe Men Who Ordered Pickett s Charge



The Men Who Ordered Pickett's Charge profiles the lives, careers, and legacies of the four generals who commanded the famous attack, looking at their entire Civil War records, their relationships with each other, and more.

Author: Charles River Charles River Editors

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 1493590871

Category:

Page: 192

View: 565

*Weaves the lives and careers of all 4 generals into one entertaining and educational narrative. *Includes maps of important battles like Antietam and Gettysburg. *Includes pictures of the generals and important people, places, and events in their lives. *Includes descriptions of Pickett's Charge written by George Pickett, James Longstreet, and Porter Alexander. *Includes a Bibliography for further reading. Despite the fact that the Civil War began over 150 years ago, it remains one of the most widely discussed topics in America today, with Americans arguing over its causes, reenacting its famous battles, and debating which general was better than others. Americans continue to be fascinated by the Civil War icons who made the difference between victory and defeat in the war's great battles. Of all those battles, the most famous and controversial is Gettysburg, and debate still rages over the climactic attack on the final day, when Army of Northern Virginia commander Robert E. Lee decided over the protests of his principal subordinate James Longstreet to make an assault on the center of the Union line, now known as Pickett's Charge. Lee is remembered today for constantly defeating the Union's Army of the Potomac in the Eastern theater from 1862-1865, considerably frustrating Lincoln and his generals. His leadership of his army led to him being deified after the war by some of his former subordinates, especially Virginians, and he came to personify the Lost Cause's ideal Southern soldier. But of all the battles Lee fought in, he was most criticized for Gettysburg, particularly his order of Pickett's Charge on the third and final day of the war. One of the most important, and controversial, Confederate generals during the Civil War was Lieutenant General James Longstreet, the man Robert E. Lee called his "old war horse." Longstreet was Lee's principal subordinate for most of the war, ably managing a corps in the Army of Northern Virginia and being instrumental in Confederate victories at Second Bull Run, Fredericksburg, and Chickamauga. Longstreet was also effective at Antietam and the Battle of the Wilderness, where he was nearly killed by a shot through the neck. However, it was his performance at Gettysburg and arguments with other Southern generals after the Civil War that tarnished his image. Before July 3, 1863, George Pickett was best known among his comrades for finishing last in his class at West Point, being a jocular but courageous soldier, and his carefully perfumed locks. As part of West Point's most famous Class of 1846, Pickett was classmates with men like Stonewall Jackson and George McClellan, but today he is remembered almost solely for the charge that has taken his name. The same could be said of Porter Alexander, who was in charge of the 1st Corps' guns at Gettysburg until Lee tasked him with conducting the artillery bombardment before Pickett's Charge. What resulted was the largest sustained bombardment of the Civil War, with over 150 Confederate cannons across the line firing incessantly at the Union line for nearly 2 hours. Alexander would later heavily criticize Lee for ordering the charge. The Men Who Ordered Pickett's Charge profiles the lives, careers, and legacies of the four generals who commanded the famous attack, looking at their entire Civil War records, their relationships with each other, and more. Along with maps of battles and pictures of important people, places, and events, you will learn about Lee, Longstreet, Pickett and Porter Alexander like you never have before.

Pickett s ChargePickett s Charge



Pickett's Charge, the climactic assault on the final day of the Battle of Gettysburg, has become the American version of the Charge of the Light Brigade, and it is one of the most famous events of the entire Civil War.

Author: Charles River Charles River Editors

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 149222491X

Category:

Page: 70

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*Includes maps of the battle, pictures of the battlefield, and pictures of the important generals. *Includes descriptions of Pickett's Charge written by George Pickett, James Longstreet, Porter Alexander, and some soldiers who made the charge. *Explains Lee's strategy, Longstreet's argument, and an analysis of what went right and wrong. *Explains the legacy of Pickett's Charge and how it got its famous name. *Includes a Bibliography for further reading. Despite the fact that the Civil War began over 150 years ago, it remains one of the most widely discussed topics in America today, with Americans arguing over its causes, reenacting its famous battles, and debating which general was better than others. Americans continue to be fascinated by the Civil War icons who made the difference between victory and defeat in the war's great battles. The most famous attack of the Civil War was also one of its most fateful and fatal. Pickett's Charge, the climactic assault on the final day of the Battle of Gettysburg, has become the American version of the Charge of the Light Brigade, and it is one of the most famous events of the entire Civil War. Having been unable to break the Army of the Potomac's lines on the left and right flank during Day 2 of the Battle of Gettysburg, Confederate Army of Northern Virginia commander Robert E. Lee decided to make a thrust at the center of the Union's line with about 15,000 men spread out over three divisions. The charge required marching across an open field for about a mile, with the Union artillery holding high ground on all sides of the incoming Confederates. Though it is now known as Pickett's Charge, named after division commander George Pickett, the assignment for the charge was given to General James Longstreet, whose 1st Corps included Pickett's division. Longstreet had serious misgivings about Lee's plan and tried futilely to talk him out of it. Longstreet later wrote that he said to his commander, "General Lee, I have been a soldier all my life. It is my opinion that no fifteen thousand men ever arrayed for battle can take that position." Aware of the insanity of sending 15,000 men hurtling into all the Union artillery, Lee planned to use the Confederate artillery to try to knock out the Union artillery ahead of time. Although old friend William Pendleton was the artillery chief, the artillery cannonade would be supervised by Edward Porter Alexander, Longstreet's chief artillerist, who would have to give the go-ahead to the charging infantry because they were falling under Longstreet's command. Alexander later noted that Longstreet was so disturbed and dejected about ordering the attack that at one point he tried to make Alexander order the infantry forward, essentially doing Longstreet's dirty work for him. Unfortunately for Porter Alexander and the Confederates, the sheer number of cannons belched so much smoke that they had trouble gauging how effective the shells were. As it turned out, most of the artillery was overshooting the target, landing in the rear of the Union line. Reluctant to order the charge, Longstreet commanded Porter Alexander to order the timing for the charge. As Longstreet and Alexander anticipated, the charge was an utter disaster, incurring a nearly 50% casualty rate and failing to break the Union line. Pickett's Charge: The History and Legacy of the Civil War's Most Famous Assault profiles the history, context, and command decisions that all culminated in the most famous charge in American history. It also includes analysis of what went right and wrong, as well as what the major participants wrote about the charge. Along with maps and pictures of important people and places, you will learn about Pickett's Charge like you never have before, in no time at all.

Pickett s ChargePickett s Charge



Pickett's Charge, the climactic assault on the final day of the Battle of Gettysburg, has become the American version of the Charge of the Light Brigade, and it is one of the most famous events of the entire Civil War.

Author: Charles River Charles River Editors

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 1984013416

Category:

Page: 128

View: 416

*Includes maps of the battle, pictures of the battlefield, and pictures of the important generals. *Includes descriptions of Pickett's Charge written by George Pickett, James Longstreet, Porter Alexander, and some soldiers who made the charge. *Explains Lee's strategy, Longstreet's argument, and an analysis of what went right and wrong. *Explains the legacy of Pickett's Charge and how it got its famous name. *Includes a Bibliography for further reading. Despite the fact that the Civil War began over 150 years ago, it remains one of the most widely discussed topics in America today, with Americans arguing over its causes, reenacting its famous battles, and debating which general was better than others. Americans continue to be fascinated by the Civil War icons who made the difference between victory and defeat in the war's great battles. The most famous attack of the Civil War was also one of its most fateful and fatal. Pickett's Charge, the climactic assault on the final day of the Battle of Gettysburg, has become the American version of the Charge of the Light Brigade, and it is one of the most famous events of the entire Civil War. Having been unable to break the Army of the Potomac's lines on the left and right flank during Day 2 of the Battle of Gettysburg, Confederate Army of Northern Virginia commander Robert E. Lee decided to make a thrust at the center of the Union's line with about 15,000 men spread out over three divisions. The charge required marching across an open field for about a mile, with the Union artillery holding high ground on all sides of the incoming Confederates. Though it is now known as Pickett's Charge, named after division commander George Pickett, the assignment for the charge was given to General James Longstreet, whose 1st Corps included Pickett's division. Longstreet had serious misgivings about Lee's plan and tried futilely to talk him out of it. Longstreet later wrote that he said to his commander, "General Lee, I have been a soldier all my life. It is my opinion that no fifteen thousand men ever arrayed for battle can take that position." Aware of the insanity of sending 15,000 men hurtling into all the Union artillery, Lee planned to use the Confederate artillery to try to knock out the Union artillery ahead of time. Although old friend William Pendleton was the artillery chief, the artillery cannonade would be supervised by Edward Porter Alexander, Longstreet's chief artillerist, who would have to give the go-ahead to the charging infantry because they were falling under Longstreet's command. Alexander later noted that Longstreet was so disturbed and dejected about ordering the attack that at one point he tried to make Alexander order the infantry forward, essentially doing Longstreet's dirty work for him. Unfortunately for Porter Alexander and the Confederates, the sheer number of cannons belched so much smoke that they had trouble gauging how effective the shells were. As it turned out, most of the artillery was overshooting the target, landing in the rear of the Union line. Reluctant to order the charge, Longstreet commanded Porter Alexander to order the timing for the charge. As Longstreet and Alexander anticipated, the charge was an utter disaster, incurring a nearly 50% casualty rate and failing to break the Union line. Pickett's Charge: The History and Legacy of the Civil War's Most Famous Assault profiles the history, context, and command decisions that all culminated in the most famous charge in American history. It also includes analysis of what went right and wrong, as well as what the major participants wrote about the charge. Along with maps and pictures of important people and places, you will learn about Pickett's Charge like you never have before, in no time at all.

Pickett s ChargePickett s Charge



Lieutenant Mitchell Shreve leads a platoon of Tennesseans as they escort a family across Pennsylvania to Gettysburg.

Author: William Thomas Venner

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 9781410718051

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Page: 188

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Lieutenant Mitchell Shreve leads a platoon of Tennesseans as they escort a family across Pennsylvania to Gettysburg. Shreve, the son of a slave owner, meets Tess Webster, a staunch young abolitionist. The two must reconcile their differences as they travel towards that fateful town. Then, once the Webster family has been safely delivered to their home, Lieutenant Shreve joins in the momentous Confederate assault known as Pickett’s Charge.

Mark BradfordMark Bradford



"This book celebrates Pickett's Charge, Mark Bradford's monumental commission for the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, an epic site-specific work inspired by Paul Dominique Philippoteaux' nineteenth century cyclorama at Gettysburg ...

Author: Evelyn Carol Hankins

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300230772

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Page: 82

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"This book celebrates Pickett's Charge, Mark Bradford's monumental commission for the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, an epic site-specific work inspired by Paul Dominique Philippoteaux' nineteenth century cyclorama at Gettysburg National Military Park. ... Spanning the entire circumference of the inner-circle galleries on the Museum's third floor, the artist creates an immersive installation that fills the massive space. ... Working with a combination of colored paper and reproductions of the original cyclorama, Bradford collaged and transformed the historic Gettysburg imagery into a series of eight powerful works."--Page vi.

Pickett s Charge July 3 and Beyond Omnibus E bookPickett s Charge July 3 and Beyond Omnibus E book



Reardon shows that the story told today of Pickett's Charge is really an amalgam of history and memory. The evolution of that mix, she concludes, tells us much about how we come to understand our nation's past.

Author: Earl J. Hess

Publisher: UNC Press Books

ISBN: 1469606410

Category:

Page: 818

View: 552

Pickett's Charge, the assault on the Union lines on Cemetery Ridge ordered by Robert E. Lee on 3 July 1863, the last day of the Battle of Gettysburg, holds a central place in the nation's collective memory of the Civil War. Available for the first time as an Omnibus E-book Edition, this two-volume set provides readers with an integrated view of the Charge, from the battlefield to the American imagination. The Omnibus comprises Earl J. Hess's Pickett's Charge: The Last Attack at Gettysburg, a detailed and authoritative account of the Charge itself, and Carol Reardon's Pickett's Charge in History and Memory, which provides the rest of the story: how, and why, Pickett's Charge became so singularly important to our national memory of the Civil War. In Pickett's Charge: The Last Attack at Gettysburg, Hess offers the definitive history of the most famous military action of the Civil War. He transforms exhaustive research into a moving narrative account of the assault from both Union and Confederate perspectives, analyzing its planning, execution, aftermath, and legacy. most famous military action of the Civil War. He transforms exhaustive research into a moving narrative account of the assault from both Union and Confederate perspectives, analyzing its planning, execution, aftermath, and legacy. In Pickett's Charge in History and Memory, Reardon examines the events of 3 July 1863 through the selective and evocative lens of 'memory' and reveals that we can learn much about why it endures so strongly in the American imagination. Over the years, soldiers, journalists, veterans, politicians, orators, artists, poets, and educators, Northerners and Southerners alike, shaped, revised, and even sacrificed the 'history' of the charge to create 'memories' that met ever-shifting needs and deeply felt values. Reardon shows that the story told today of Pickett's Charge is really an amalgam of history and memory. The evolution of that mix, she concludes, tells us much about how we come to understand our nation's past.

Pickett s Charge and Other PoemsPickett s Charge and Other Poems



This early 20th-century work is a book of poetry by Fred Emerson Brooks. The leading poem is about Pickett's Charge, the final Confederate assault in the Battle of Gettysburg.

Author: Fred Emerson Brooks

Publisher:

ISBN: PRNC:32101066120310

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Page: 211

View: 797

This early 20th-century work is a book of poetry by Fred Emerson Brooks. The leading poem is about Pickett's Charge, the final Confederate assault in the Battle of Gettysburg.

Pickett s ChargePickett s Charge



Author's Notes Pickett's Charge is a work of fiction. As far as I know there was not a young Tennessee officer by the name of Mitchell Shreve, nor was there ...

Author: William Thomas Venner

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 9781410718068

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Page: 188

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The Children of Daela, Elementals of Earth, have survived for more than ten millennia and for some seven of them, have waged a long and costly war against the Ishada, an equally powerful race of beings who covet their power over the elements of earth. Their allies are the Dragons, formed from the union of Fire and Air, each is sworn to defend the other, and for performing such a service, the Dragons offer Dagnan Te Daelan a gift: a child with frightening power, a child with the power to save them and end this long war or to destroy them.

Nine Months to Gettysburg Stannard s Vermonters and the Repulse of Pickett s ChargeNine Months to Gettysburg Stannard s Vermonters and the Repulse of Pickett s Charge



Pickett's Charge was broken. Up at The Angle and the Clump of Trees the gallant Confederate penetration of the Union lines had been brutally stopped.

Author: Howard Coffin

Publisher: The Countryman Press

ISBN: 9781581578492

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Page: 336

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The story of the brave Vermont brigade that helped win the Civil War. On the Fourth of July, 1863, reporting on the aftermath of the Civil War’s most crucial battle, the New York Times wrote: “A Vermont brigade held the key position at Gettysburg and did more than any other body of men to gain the triumph which decided the fate of the Union.” The citizen soldiers led by General George J. Stannard helped stabilize the line, and then shattered the right flank of Pickett’s famous charge just when the battle’s outcome hung in the balance. Over a decade since its original release, Nine Months to Gettysburg is now available in paperback. Coffin draws on scores of soldiers’ letters to relate how and why young recruits from isolated hill farms flocked to the Union colors in response to Lincoln’s call in 1862. And in the nine months leading up to Gettysburg, they recorded, in extraordinary detail, foraging for food, enduring homesickness, monotony, and often fatal diseases. This book movingly captures their myriad anxieties as they are thrust suddenly into the most important infantry maneuver directed against the Confederate assault.

Pickett s ChargePickett s Charge



"The book is most interesting for the bright nuggets of information Tucker presents as he unfolds the attack minute by minute, foot by foot.… The account is a mosaic of thousands of tiny pieces that, seen whole, amounts to a fascinating ...

Author: Phillip Thomas Tucker

Publisher: Skyhorse

ISBN: 151075573X

Category:

Page: 528

View: 317

"The book is most interesting for the bright nuggets of information Tucker presents as he unfolds the attack minute by minute, foot by foot.… The account is a mosaic of thousands of tiny pieces that, seen whole, amounts to a fascinating picture of what probably was the most important moment of the Civil War.” —The New York Times Book Review "[Pickett's Charge] contains much to interest and provoke Civil War enthusiasts." —Kirkus Reviews "Takes issue with many long-held assumptions and analysis of the famous attack and seeks to revise many of the long-held misconceptions about Lee's plans, the course of the attack, and the ultimate reasons for its failure.... Overall, the author does a workmanlike job." —New York Journal of Books The Battle of Gettysburg, the Civil War’s turning point, produced over 57,000 casualties, the largest number from the entire war that was itself America’s bloodiest conflict. 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, consisting of nine brigades of soldiers in a line that stretched for over a mile, resulted in casualties of over 50 percent for the Confederates and a huge psychological blow to Southern morale. Pickett’s Charge is a detailed analysis of one of the most iconic and defining events in American history. This book presents a much-needed fresh look, including the unvarnished truths and ugly realities, about the 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 from primary and unpublished sources. 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.

The Men Who Ordered Pickett s ChargeThe Men Who Ordered Pickett s Charge



The Men Who Ordered Pickett's Charge profiles the lives, careers, and legacies of the four generals who commanded the famous attack, looking at their entire Civil War records, their relationships with each other, and more.

Author: Charles River Charles River Editors

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 1985725126

Category:

Page: 368

View: 385

*Weaves the lives and careers of all 4 generals into one entertaining and educational narrative. *Includes maps of important battles like Antietam and Gettysburg. *Includes pictures of the generals and important people, places, and events in their lives. *Includes descriptions of Pickett's Charge written by George Pickett, James Longstreet, and Porter Alexander. *Includes a Bibliography for further reading. Despite the fact that the Civil War began over 150 years ago, it remains one of the most widely discussed topics in America today, with Americans arguing over its causes, reenacting its famous battles, and debating which general was better than others. Americans continue to be fascinated by the Civil War icons who made the difference between victory and defeat in the war's great battles. Of all those battles, the most famous and controversial is Gettysburg, and debate still rages over the climactic attack on the final day, when Army of Northern Virginia commander Robert E. Lee decided over the protests of his principal subordinate James Longstreet to make an assault on the center of the Union line, now known as Pickett's Charge. Lee is remembered today for constantly defeating the Union's Army of the Potomac in the Eastern theater from 1862-1865, considerably frustrating Lincoln and his generals. His leadership of his army led to him being deified after the war by some of his former subordinates, especially Virginians, and he came to personify the Lost Cause's ideal Southern soldier. But of all the battles Lee fought in, he was most criticized for Gettysburg, particularly his order of Pickett's Charge on the third and final day of the war. One of the most important, and controversial, Confederate generals during the Civil War was Lieutenant General James Longstreet, the man Robert E. Lee called his "old war horse." Longstreet was Lee's principal subordinate for most of the war, ably managing a corps in the Army of Northern Virginia and being instrumental in Confederate victories at Second Bull Run, Fredericksburg, and Chickamauga. Longstreet was also effective at Antietam and the Battle of the Wilderness, where he was nearly killed by a shot through the neck. However, it was his performance at Gettysburg and arguments with other Southern generals after the Civil War that tarnished his image. Before July 3, 1863, George Pickett was best known among his comrades for finishing last in his class at West Point, being a jocular but courageous soldier, and his carefully perfumed locks. As part of West Point's most famous Class of 1846, Pickett was classmates with men like Stonewall Jackson and George McClellan, but today he is remembered almost solely for the charge that has taken his name. The same could be said of Porter Alexander, who was in charge of the 1st Corps' guns at Gettysburg until Lee tasked him with conducting the artillery bombardment before Pickett's Charge. What resulted was the largest sustained bombardment of the Civil War, with over 150 Confederate cannons across the line firing incessantly at the Union line for nearly 2 hours. Alexander would later heavily criticize Lee for ordering the charge. The Men Who Ordered Pickett's Charge profiles the lives, careers, and legacies of the four generals who commanded the famous attack, looking at their entire Civil War records, their relationships with each other, and more. Along with maps of battles and pictures of important people, places, and events, you will learn about Lee, Longstreet, Pickett and Porter Alexander like you never have before.