Battle of Gettysburg
Third Day: Pickett’s Charge (part 3)
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Pickett’s Charge (part 3)?
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1) The entire force that stepped off toward the Union positions.
What was the size of the attacking confederate force?
about 10,500 men
about 12,500 men
the attack is popularly called a "charge", the men marched
deliberately in line, to speed up and then charge only when they
were within a few hundred yards of the enemy.
3) The line consisted of Brig. Gen. J. Johnson Pettigrew and
Maj. Gen. Isaac R. Trimble on the left, and Maj. Gen. George
Pickett to the right.
How long did the nine brigades of men
stretched over the front?
4) The Confederates encountered heavy artillery
fire while advancing across open fields nearly a mile to reach
the Union line. The ground between Seminary Ridge and Cemetery
Ridge is slightly undulating, and the advancing troops
periodically disappeared from the view of the Union cannoneers.
As the three Confederate divisions advanced, awaiting Union
soldiers began shouting.
What was shouted?
5) Fire from Lt. Col. Morgan
Freeman's concealed artillery positions north of Little Round
Top raked the Confederate right flank, while the artillery fire
from Cemetery Hill hit the left.
and solid shot in the beginning turned to canister and musket
fire as the Confederates came closer to the Union line. The
mile-long front shrank to less than half a mile as the men
filled in gaps that appeared throughout the line and followed
the natural tendency to move away from the flanking fire.
was the distance to the Union line with shell and solid shot
7) On the
left flank of the attack, Col. John M. Brockenbrough's brigade
was devastated by artillery fire from Cemetery Hill. They were
also subjected to a surprise musket fusillade from the 8th Ohio
Infantry regiment. The 160 Ohioans, firing from a single line,
so surprised Brockenbrough's Virginians - already demoralized by
their losses to artillery fire - that they panicked and fled
back to Seminary Ridge, crashing through Trimble's division and
causing many of his men to bolt as well.
Who commanded the 8th
Col. Columbus Dayton
Lt. Col. Franklin
Maj. Edgar Wynters
8) The Ohioans followed up with
a successful flanking attack on Brig. Gen. Joseph R. Davis's
brigade of Mississippians and North Carolinians, which was now
the left flank of Pettigrew's division. The survivors were
subjected to increasing artillery fire from Cemetery Hill.
many rounds were fired at Pettigrew's men during the assault?
9) This portion of the assault never
advanced much farther than the sturdy fence at the Emmitsburg
Road. By this time, the Confederates were close enough to be
fired on by artillery canister and a Union division unleashed
very effective musketry fire from behind 260 yards of stone
wall, with every rifleman of the division lined up as many as
four deep, exchanging places in line as they fired and then fell
back to reload.
Who commanded this division?
Commodore Perry Owens
10) Trimble's division
of two brigades followed Pettigrew's, but made poor progress.
Confusing orders from Trimble caused the Confederate commander
to send only 3˝ of his North Carolina regiments forward.
the Confederate commander?
Col. Henry Armstrong
Col. Harry M. Morgan