A Moment in History: Pickett’s Charge

by ian

On July 3, 1863 – one day short of 87 years after the birth of the United States – there was a battle charge that stood to either save the nation or sever it forever. That day, in the little town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, thousands of Confederate troops made an epic assault on the Union front in Cemetery Ridge in an attempt to break through the northern ranks, move to surround Washington, D.C. and, in theory, win the war. There was never a charge like it up to that point in U.S. history, and there has hardly been a comparable one since. It was known as Pickett’s charge.