July 3, 2013

Gettysburg: July 3, 1863

At Gettysburg 150 years ago today,after 2h of cannon fire were delivered to the Union center, at about 3PM, the men from Generals Pickett, Pettigrew, and Trimble's command began marching from Seminary ridge toward the center of the Union line about a mile away across the open field. Union cannons from Cemetery Hill and Little Round top bombarded them with shot, shell, and canister. In the face of heavy casualties, the Confederates marched forward. By 4PM the charge had failed. Approximately half the Confederates that charged (6250 men) were killed during this hour.

Such incredible bravery. So sad and difficult to imagine such tremendous loss of life.

In addition, the only civilian causality of the battle, Ginny Wade, was hit by a stray bullet as she was baking bread the afternoon of July 3, 1863.
               - taken from an article published in the Gettysburg Times, James Hessler, Gettyburg Licensed Battlefield Guide