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Gettysburg, Union Center, July 3, 1863

Gettysburg, Union Center, July 3, 1863

On orders from Robert E. Lee, 12,500 young men emerged from the tree line visible over a mile from this point, and marched, not charged straight forward. From the beginning, they were fired upon by every Union cannon behind this wall and in all of the surrounding hills. Behind this stone wall waited 6000 union soldiers who opened fire as soon as the confederates were in range. The few confederates who reached the wall were quickly killed, wounded, or repulsed. Although this pointless blood letting was known as "Pickett's Charge", General Pickett led only one of the three divisions involved.

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Buz Kiefer15-Dec-2016 20:26
The photo give a nice perspective of the murderous field of fire those men had to cross. In a brilliant military career, this charge by Lee was surely his worst command. Vote.
Range View 06-Oct-2011 07:37
Splendid image of this canon overlooking past history . V.
Larry Peterson05-Oct-2011 03:09
Terrific image, Hal. So that is where you are 150 years back in history. :O) V
joseantonio04-Oct-2011 03:15
Very nice composition
Hank Vander Velde04-Oct-2011 02:00
Nice shot and nice bit of history Hal.