General George Pickett's Charge During The Civil War

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"General, I have no division..." Pickett's Charge July 3rd, 1863 Few civil war battles today still generate awe and debate among historians as a battle that occurred during the Campaign at Gettysburg. That battle was Longstreet’s Assault more popularly known as "Pickett's Charge". The charge by the men of Major General George Pickett, Major F General Petigrew, and Major General Trimble’s divisions, against fortified and well defended positions across an open uphill Pennsylvania terrain, is a study of enormous sacrifice of men in the face of death and the circumstances that propelled them into history. As the battle drew to an end so did the hopes of Confederate General Robert E. Lee that a decisive victory would compel…show more content…
Lee, General of the Army of Northern Virginia was a WestPoint Graduate and veteran of the War with Mexico. When the south succeeded from the Union he was offered the command of the Northern Army but declined to accept the assignment because of his ancestry and loyalty to Virginia. Lee in a letter to his sister in April 1861 wrote “With all my devotion to the Union and the feeling of loyalty and duty of an American citizen, I have not been able to make up my mind to raise my hand against my relatives, my children, my home. I have therefore resigned my commission in the Army, and save in defense of my native State, with the sincere hope that my poor services may never be needed, I hope I may never be called on to draw my sword.....” (Freeman…show more content…
General James Longstreet, Commander of the 1st Corps, Army of Northern Virginia. Longstreet was a WestPoint graduate and veteran of the War with Mexico who believed in the strategic offense and the tactical defense doctrine. His philosophy however was in disagreement with that of Lee and significantly played a role in planning the infantry assault on the third day of Gettysburg that would become Pickett’s Charge. Maj. General George Pickett like Lee and Longstreet was a graduate of WestPoint and served in the Mexican War. His division was the center thrust on the Union Forces located on Cemetery Ridge. Pickett’s division was one of the largest in the Northern Virginia Army and the freshest having not yet seen battle at Gettysburg the previous two days. Brigadier General James J. Petigrew initially commanded a brigade but was appointed to command the division after the wounding of General Heth on the afternoon of July

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