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Near Gettysburg in Adams County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Pickett's Charge
July 3, 1863 - Third Day
 
Pickett's Charge Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, August 16, 2008
1. Pickett's Charge Marker
 
Inscription. "The flags flutter and snap - the sunlight flashes from the officers' swords - law words of command are heard - and thus in perfect order, this gallant army of gallant men marches straight down into the valley of Death!"
Pvt. Randolph Shotwell, C.S.A.
8th Virginia Infantry

About 3:00 p.m., following a furious two-hour cannonade, Confederate infantry launched a massive frontal assault from this ridge against the center of the Union line on Cemetery Ridge ahead. The Confederates who comprised this section of the line were Virginians commanded by Maj. Gen. George E. Pickett.

The Southern attackers, 12,000 strong, surged forward in a line of battle a mile long. As they marched across the Emmitsburg Road and approached the enemy line, the Federals raked them with deadly canister and musket fire, Nevertheless, with unsurpassed courage, the Southerners pressed on.

Pickett's men gained a small lodgment in the Union line at the Angle, but could not hold it. Casualties mounted, and the attack lost momentum. By 4:00 p.m. Confederate survivors came streaming back to the shelter of this ridge. The Confederate tide had reached its high water mark.

(Numbered References to the panoramic photo of the field):
1. Ziegler's Grove
The most prominent landmark on Cemetery Ridge. The Confederates directed
 
Pickett's Charge Wayside Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, August 16, 2008
2. Pickett's Charge Wayside
 
their attack against that section of the Union line running from here south to the Copse of Trees.

2. Emmitsburg Road
Fences bordering this sunken road impeded the advance of Confederate infantry

3. The Angle
Here, where a stone wall makes a 90 turn, Confederates broke through the Union line. In one of the most desperate engagements of the war, the Southerners were beaten back.

4. Copse of Trees
Also known as the "Clump of Trees."

5. Point of the Woods
You may walk a short path to this point where General Lee rode out to console his defeated men. A wayside exhibit describes the scene.
 
Erected by Gettysburg National Miltary Park.
 
Location. 39° 48.834′ N, 77° 15.015′ W. Marker is near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is on West Confederate Avenue, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Located in the parking lot for the Virginia State Memorial (Driving Tour Stop 5) on Seminary Ridge in Gettysburg National Military Park. A walking trail to overlook the field of Pickett's Charge starts at the marker. Marker is in this post office area: Gettysburg PA 17325, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Virginia Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Wright's Brigade (within shouting distance of this marker); Army of Northern Virginia (within shouting distance of this marker); Ward's Battery - Poague's Battalion (within shouting distance of this marker); Posey's Brigade (within shouting distance of this marker); Brooke's Battery - Poague's Battalion (within shouting distance of this marker); Garnett's Brigade (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Poague's Howitzers (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Gettysburg.
 
Pickett's Charge Panoramic View Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain
3. Pickett's Charge Panoramic View
In addition to the points indicated in the marker's text, additional key points often referenced in accounts of the charge are the Brian Farm (white buildings near Ziegler's Grove) and the Codori Farm (red barn seen just right of center).
 

 
More about this marker. In the upper center is a panoramic photo keyed to the points indicated in the text. You are standing along the Confederate line on Seminary Ridge looking east and south toward the Union line on Cemetery Ridge 3/4 mile ahead.

In the lower center is a painting by Gil Cohen depicting Confederate infantrymen set out on their fatal march.

On the right is a portrait of Gen. Robert E. Lee, Commander of the Army of Northern Virginia who accepted responsibility for the failure of Pickett's Charge. "This has been my fault," he told Pickett. "I thought my men were invincible."

Atop the Virginia Memorial behind you, General Lee, mounted on his favorite horse, "Traveler," looks toward the Union line. Below him stand Virginia soldiers representing the infantry, artillery, and cavalry. The memorial was dedicated in 1917.


Below that portrait is one of General Pickett. The famous assault here was named for Maj. Gen. George E. Pickett who commanded three Virginia brigades. In response to General Longstreet's fatal order, Pickett replied, "General, I shall lead my division on."
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Gettysburg Markers and Monuments near Spangler's Woods (Virginia Monument).
 
Also see . . .
 
Pickett's Charge , as seen from Virginia Monument Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, April 1978
4. Pickett's Charge , as seen from Virginia Monument
In the bakground is the "dreaded" Gettysburg Tower behind Ziegler's Grove see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gettysburg_National_Tower
 

1. The Field of Pickett's Charge. A National Park Service virtual tour stop. (Submitted on September 29, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Pickett's Charge Battlefield Walk. Gettysburg Daily article covering a guided tour by one of Gettysburg's Ranger-Historians. (Submitted on December 2, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Pickett's Charge ,as seen from Seminary Ridge Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, October 2002
5. Pickett's Charge ,as seen from Seminary Ridge
Monument of Gen. George G. Meade(USA) seen across the field
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on September 29, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,464 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 29, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   4, 5. submitted on December 30, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.
 
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