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Pickett's Charge
The Last Attack at Gettysburg

by Earl J. Hess

Hardcover, 497 pages, 6-1/8" x 9-1/4", 38 illustrations, 10 maps,
Published Fall/Winter 2001
University of North Carolina Press

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Description
Pickett's Charge is probably the best-known military engagement of the Civil War, widely regarded as the defining moment of the battle of Gettysburg and celebrated as the high-water mark of the Confederacy. But as Earl Hess notes, the epic stature of Pickett's Charge has grown at the expense of reality, and the facts of the attack have been obscured or distorted by the legend that surrounds them.

With this book, Hess sweeps away the accumulated myths about Pickett's Charge to provide the definitive history of the engagement. Drawing on exhaustive research, especially in unpublished personal accounts, he creates a moving narrative of the attack from both Union and Confederate perspectives, analyzing its planning, execution, aftermath, and legacy. He also examines the history of the units involved, their state of readiness, how they maneuvered under fire, and what the men who marched in the ranks thought about their participation in the assault. Ultimately, Hess explains, such an approach reveals Pickett's Charge both as a case study in how soldiers deal with combat and as a dramatic example of heroism, failure, and fate on the battlefield.

About the author
Earl J. Hess is associate professor of history at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee. He is author of several books on the Civil War, including The Union Soldier in Battle: Enduring the Ordeal of Combat, and coauthor of Pea Ridge: Civil War Campaign in the West.

Table of Contents
Preface
Chapter 1. The Last Attack at Gettysburg
Chapter 2. The Attackers
Chapter 3. The Defenders
Chapter 4. The Bombardment
Chapter 5. To Emmitsburg Road
Chapter 6. To the Stone Fence
Chapter 7. High Tide
Chapter 8. The Repulse
Chapter 9. Glory Enough
Epilogue: Making Sense of Pickett's Charge
Order of Battle
Notes
Bibliography
Index

Maps
1.1 Gettysburg, July 3, 1863
2.1 Confederate Positions, Morning, July 3, 1863
3.1 Gibbon and the First Corps, Morning, July 3, 1863
3.2 Hays's Division, Morning, July 3, 1863
4.1 Federal Unit Positions after Bombardment, July 3, 1863
5.1 The Confederate Advance to Emmitsburg Road
6.1 Pettigrew Crosses Emmitsburg Road
6.2 Pickett Closes on the Stone Fence
7.1 Pickett at High Tide
8.1 Wilcox and Lang Attack

Illustrations
James Longstreet
Edward Porter Alexander
George Edward Pickett
James Johnston Pettigrew
Isaac Ridgeway Trimble
The "natural glacis" immediately in front of Hays's position
Winfield Scott Hancock
John Gibbon
Norman J. Hall
William Harrow
Theodore Burr Gates
Alexander Hays
Position of the 8th Ohio from Hays's line
Site of the Bliss farm and orchard from the Union position
The Leister house, Meade's headquarters
Henry Jackson Hunt
Joseph Robert Davis
Birkett Davenport Fry
James Keith Marshall
The fence extending northward from the angle
The Bryan barn and house from Emmitsburg Road
Eliakim Sherrill
Thomas Alfred Smyth
Emmitsburg Road, ca. 1876-77
George Jerrison Stannard
Looking toward the angle from approximately the position of Stannard's brigade
Looking toward Pickett's right flank from Stannard's flanking position
James Henry Lane
The angle in the stone fence from Smyth's position
Lewis Addison Armistead
Richard Brooke Garnett
James Lawson Kemper
The copse from the Confederate position just outside the angle
Alexander Stewart Webb
Cadmus Marcellus Wilcox
The upper part of Plum Run Valley, scene of the Wilcox-Lang attack
David Lang
Monument to the 72nd Pennsylvania inside the angle

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