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5-06-2015, 22:32

Barksdale's Charge: The True High Tide of the Confederacy at Gettysburg, July 2, 1863

Barksdale's Charge: The True High Tide of the Confederacy at Gettysburg, July 2, 1863
: Barksdale's Charge: The True High Tide of the Confederacy at Gettysburg, July 2, 1863
Author : Phillip Thomas Tucker
CASEMATE PUBLISHERS
: 2013
ISBN: 9781612001791
Pages: 336
Format : EPUB
Size : 5 MB
Language : English

ACCORDING TO CONVENTIONAL wisdom, Picketts Charge has been long seen as the climax of Gettysburg, the largest and most important battle fought on American soil. But contrary to traditional assumptions, the failure of Picketts Charge, despite all its tragic majesty and heroic grandeur, was not the decisive event that condemned the Army of Northern Virginia and the Confederacy to an early death. In truth, Gettysburg was decided not on the famous third day of the battle, but on the previous afternoon. Indeed, Thursday, July 2, 1863 was the most important day in the Confederacys short lifetime and the most decisive of the three days at Gettysburg. And the defining moment of that Second Day was the repulse of the most successful Confederate attack, which came closer to toppling the Army of the Potomac than any other Rebel offensive effort of the war. It was the charge of General William Barksdale and his 1,600-man Mississippi Brigade on the afternoon of July 2, which one Union observer described as the grandest charge that was ever made by mortal man.

Barksdale's Charge: The True High Tide of the Confederacy at Gettysburg, July 2, 1863

 

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