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Pickett's Charge

July 3, 1863 - Third Day

 
 
Pickett's Charge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, December 27, 2008
1. Pickett's Charge Marker
Inscription. "I felt proud of that charging column of Americans, even though they were rebels.... They were citizen soldiers, American volunteers."
1st Lt. Benjamin F. Rittenhouse U.S.A.
5th U.S. Artillery, Battery D

About 3:00 p.m. on the third day, more than 5,000 Virginians commanded by Maj. Gen. George E. Pickett, emerged from the trees 3/4 mile in front of you. At the same time other Confederates under Generals Pettigrew and Trimble began their attack farther to your right. The combined force of 12,000 formed a line a mile long.

Out across the fields they marched, with flags waving and muskets glittering. Exploding shells tore holes in the Southern ranks. But as dead and wounded fell, others took their places. When the men in gray crossed the Emmitsburg Road and neared the stone wall in front of you, the Union defenders decimated them with rounds of canister and horrible volleys of musket fire. The survivors charged ahead.

Despite staggering losses, Confederate Brig. Gen. Lewis A. Armistead led several hundred men across the wall in front of you. Amidst bitter hand-to-hand combat, Armistead fell mortally wounded. The exhausted Confederates, outnumbered and low on ammunition, could not prevail.
 
Erected by Gettysburg National Military Park.
 
Location.
Close Up of the Painting Section image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, December 27, 2008
2. Close Up of the Painting Section
39° 48.771′ N, 77° 14.136′ W. Marker is near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is on Hancock Avenue, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Located near the "Copse of Trees" 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 - South and West (here, next to this marker); The High Water Mark (here, next to this marker); Cushing's Union Battery (here, next to this marker); 72nd Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers (a few steps from this marker); First Pennsylvania Cavalry (a few steps from this marker); Major General Alexander Webb (a few steps from this marker); Second Brigade (within shouting distance of this marker); 3rd Maine Regiment (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 Gettysburg Cyclorama painting: The furious climax of Pickett's Charge is seen in this section of the Gettysburg Cyclorama painted by Paul Philippoteaux in 1883.
(1) Copse of Trees
(2) You are here
(3) Emmitsburg Road
(4) Codori Farm
(5) Seminary Ridge


In the lower center is a portrait of Brig. Gen. Lewis A. Armistead
Close Up of Map image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, December 27, 2008
3. Close Up of Map
who was the only Confederate brigade commander in Pickett's Charge to pierce the Union line. The small monument in front of you with the "scroll" design marks the spot where he was mortally wounded.

Also in the lower center is a photo of Battle flag of the 18th Virginia Infantry carried in Pickett's Charge, and captured near here by the 59th new York Infantry. To the lower right is a map depicting the route of the Confederate charge.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Pickett's Charge marker endpoints.
 
Also see . . .  High Water Mark. National Park Service virtual tour stop. (Submitted on February 14, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Waysides between the Copse of Trees and the Angle image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain
4. Waysides between the Copse of Trees and the Angle
From left to right - Battlefield Landmarks-South and West, Pickett's Charge, The High Water Mark, and Cushing's Union Battery.
Pickett's Charge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 5, 2010
5. Pickett's Charge Marker
The stone wall of the angle can be seen in this photo behind the marker.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,523 times since then and 122 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   5. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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