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Fellow History buffs , help me out here....

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by page, Feb 14, 2006.

  1. Why did General Lee order Pickett's unit to charge at Gettysburg when it was obvious that the Union's line was heavily armed and would slaughter them before they even reached the line? Or am I wrong in saying it was obvious , didn't the CSA have problems with their cavalry? Could that information about the Union line have not been passed on?
    It just starts up my curiosity, I know Lee was a brilliant general , so it baffles me why he would order something as brash and risky as an all out charge.
  2. msquared


    Sep 19, 2004
    Kansas City

    Apparently nobody really knows.
  3. AxtoOx


    Nov 12, 2005
    Duncan, Okla.
    Here's a couple more. wiki is not the best source.
    As far a CSA Cavalry, they were far superior to the Unions though most of the War. The Southerners were used to being on horses more so than the North. Though later in the War the Union had trained some great Cavalry.
    The South had a better Army and Cavalry at first, The North had more men, supplys and better weapons than the South. The Union actually lost more men in that War.

    I have ancestors on both sides. Two were officers in the Arkansas Cavalry. Some from Pennsylvania.
  4. That's awesome Axto. My Great, Great, Great, Great Grandfather was an Artillery Officer for the CSA, out of Jackson Ms.
  5. There were a bunch of things that went wrong for the South during "Pickett's Charge." The main thing that I recall was the bad position for the Confederate artillery, that and they were firing shot at too long a distance.
  6. Yeah, From what I read, it seems Pickett didn't even want to do it.
  7. Against Will

    Against Will Supporting Member

    Dec 10, 2003
    Big Sound Central
    I actually studied Pickett for history class in 5th grade. From what I remember, he had just arrived at Gettysburg the day before the charge; his men were the most well-rested of CSA infantry, which is why Lee had them lead the charge. The attempts to take Little Roundtop(?) had failed, so the only way to go was to strike at the Union center; which I believe Lee's intelligence told him was thinner than it was.
  8. It was a pretty good chance of him breaking that line. The Little Round Top campaign could have swung either way. It was just dumb luck that the 20th Maine charged when they did, and they happened to do it at the same time. Chamberlain himself said so many times.