Pickett's Charge

Date:
2009
Medium:
Etching
Dimensions:
7 ¾ x 11 ¾ inches
Credit Line:
Collection of Lysiane Luong Grooms and the artist

Pickett’s Charge was a Confederate infantry assault on the final day of the Battle of Gettysburg in Pennsylvania on July 3, 1863. In a last ditch effort to gain the upper hand, Robert E. Lee ordered an attack at the center of the Union line, which was commanded by Major General George Meade, high on Cemetery Ridge. Nine brigades charged, but Major General George Pickett’s men were in the lead. The Confederates outnumbered the Union two to one but had to cross open fields in range of artillery. They suffered over fifty percent in casualties, forcing Lee to order retreat.