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Pettigrew and Trimble's Attack

July 3, 1863 - Third Day

 
 
Pettigrew and Trimble's Attack Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, December 27, 2008
1. Pettigrew and Trimble's Attack Marker
Inscription. "On and on they move, the Yankee lines pouring in their fire at every stop, men falling on every side."
Pvt. William F. Fulton, C.S.A.
5th Alabama Battalion, Pettigrew's Division

The bloody Confederate attack here on July 3 has come to be known as "Pickett's Charge." However, Pickett's Division was not alone. More than half the 12,000 Confederates engaged were from divisions commanded by Brig. Gen. James J. Pettigrew and Maj. Gen. Isaac R. Trimble. These troops formed their line of battle on Pickett's left (your right), and attacked at the same time.

About 3:00 p.m., the long line of men in gray and butternut stepped out of the woods in front of you and began their fatal march. An officer in Pettigrew's command recalled, "When within about 250 or 300 yards of the stone wall behind which the enemy was posted, we were met with a perfect hail-storm of lead.... Regiments that went in with colonels came out commanded by lieutenants."

A Union corporal here observed that the Rebels who began their attack with "a splendid appearance," soon "fell like grain before the reaper.... All that came as far as our line of battle came as prisoners, and out of 18 stand of colors they so nobly brought out, only one was seen to go back, 3,000 of their men were taken prisoner...."
 
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Pettigrew and Trimble's Attack Map image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, December 27, 2008
2. Pettigrew and Trimble's Attack Map
Gettysburg National Military Park.
 
Location. 39° 48.8′ N, 77° 14.131′ W. Marker is near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is on Hancock Avenue, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Located in front of "the Angle" on Cemetery Ridge in Gettysburg National Military Park. 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. Battlefield Landmarks - West and North (here, next to this marker); Artillery Brigade (a few steps from this marker); Cyclorama Focal Point (a few steps from this marker); Army of the Potomac (a few steps from this marker); Arnold's Battery (a few steps from this marker); Twenty-Sixth North Carolina Regiment (within shouting distance of this marker); Lt. Alonzo Cushing (within shouting distance of this marker); Fourth Volunteer Brigade (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Gettysburg.
 
More about this marker. In the upper center is a section of the cyclorama painting: Six Confederate brigades commanded by Generals Pettigrew and Trimble assaulted the Union line in this section of the Gettysburg Cyclorama painted by Paul Philippoteaux in 1883. Key points indicated on the painting are:
(1) Exploding
Panorama Section image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, December 27, 2008
3. Panorama Section
ammunition chest

(2) Emmitsburg Road
(3) You are here
(4) General Lee's position
(5) The Angle
(6) Seminary Ridge

In the lower center is a portrait of Brig. Gen. James J. Pettigrew who commanded the Confederate first line of attack, and was wounded in the hand. Ten days later, on the retreat through Maryland, he was killed by Federal cavalry.

Also in the lower center is a portrait of Maj. Gen. Isaac R. Trimble captioned: At age 61, Maj. Gen. Isaac R. Trimble was one of the oldest officers in Lee's army. He commanded the second line of attack 100 yards behind Pettigrew's men. Wounded in the leg, he was captured at a field hospital.

To the lower right is a map showing the advance of Pettigrew and Trimble's commands.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Battlefield Landmarks and Pettigrew-Trimble Attacks Waysides image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain
4. Battlefield Landmarks and Pettigrew-Trimble Attacks Waysides
To the right is the Battlefield Landmarks - West and North wayside. To the left is the Pettigrew and Trimble's Attacks wayside.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 891 times since then and 91 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   2, 3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   4. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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