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Battle of Gettysburg
Third Day: Pickett’s Charge (part 3)

What do you know about Battle of Gettysburg, Third Day: Pickett’s Charge (part 3)?
Try this U.S. Civil War History Made Easy Quiz.
"Check Your Answers" at the end of the page.

Take 2 points for each right answer.  Maximum this page: 20 points!

1) The entire force that stepped off toward the Union positions.Battle of Gettysburg
What was the size of the attacking confederate force?

  1. about 8,500 men

  2. about 10,500 men

  3. about 12,500 men

2) Although 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.

  • True or False?

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?

  1. Half-mile

  2. Mile-long

  3. Three quarter mile

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?

  1. Fredericksburg!

  2. Vicksburg!

  3. Washington!

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.

  • True or False.

6) Shell 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. What was the distance to the Union line with shell and solid shot began?

  1. 200 yards

  2. 400 yards

  3. 600 yards

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 Ohio regiment?

  1. Col. Columbus Dayton

  2. Lt. Col. Franklin Sawyer

  3. 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.
How many rounds were fired at Pettigrew's men during the assault?

  1. 800

  2. 1,600

  3. 2,400

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?

  1. Alexander Hays

  2. Henry Melvin

  3. 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.
Who was the Confederate commander?

  1. Col. Henry Armstrong

  2. Col. James H. Lane

  3. Col. Harry M. Morgan


Battle of Gettysburg
Second Day: Pickett’s Charge (part 3)
[Answers]

1) C.  2) True  3) B.  4) A.  5) False. Fire from Lt. Col. Freeman McGilvery's concealed artillery positions north of Little Round Top raked the Confederate right flank, while the artillery fire from Cemetery Hill hit the left. 
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) B.  7) B.  8) B.  9) A.  10) B.

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