July 3, 1863 The 3rd Day
Today is the famous charge of Confederate General Pickett against the center of the Union line on Cemetery Ridge.
"That moment would linger and shine in the American memory forever, the terrible unforgettable moment of truth that would symbolize inexpressible things......with banners, moving out from the woods ,into the open field by the ranking guns moving out of shadow into eternal legend..... battle flags tipped forward, sunlight glinting from musket barrels...General George Pickett's Virginians and ten thousands men from other commands, men doomed to try the impossible and to fail. it takes time to get fifteen thousand men into line, and these Southerners were deliberate about it... perhaps out of defiance, perhaps out of sheer self-consciousness and pride. then at last they had thing the way they wanted them and they went marching up toward, the clump of unattainable trees and all the guns opened again a great cloud of smoke and dust filled the hollow plain....... the rolling cloud crossed the fields and went up the slope and the crash of battle rose higher and higher as the men came to grips with each other on Cemetery Ridge...... Then suddenly it was finished. The charging column had been broken all to bits, survivors were going back to the Confederate lines ..... the battle of Gettysburg was ended."