Gettysburg July 3 1863

Gettysburg July 3 1863

Confederate: The Army of Northern Virginia

Order of Battle
  • Author: James Arnold, Roberta Wiener
  • Publication Date: 24 Nov 2000
  • ISBN: 9781855328600
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number of Pages: 96
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Solid shot ploughs huge lanes in their close columns ... Their shattered lines do not waiver, but steadily closing up the gaps of death, come on in magnificent order. With banners waving, with steady step, they sweep on like an irresistible wave of fate.' Despite two days of vicious fighting Lee's Army had failed to break the Union line. He reasoned that to hold the flanks against the southern attacks Meade must have weakened the centre of his line along Cemetery Ridge - and so this is where Lee would attack. Not all were in accordance with the plan, with Longstreet in particular expressing his concerns. Just after 3.10pm on July 3rd General George Pickett rode to the front of his division and turning in the saddle he commanded, 'Charge the enemy and remember Old Virginia.' Facing the Union lines in a clear voice he called, 'Forward! Guide center! March!' At that moment thousands of Confederates began their march into history.

Biographical Note

James Arnold and Roberta Wiener are US-born freelance writers who have contributed to numerous military publications. James spent his formative years in Europe and used the opportunity to study the sites of historic battlefields. He has 15 published books to his credit, many of them focusing on the Napoleonic campaigns and American civil war. Roberta Wiener has co-authored several works of history and edited history and science books, including a children's encyclopaedia. She also performs archival research on military history topics.

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