Pettigrew and Trimble's Attack

Pettigrew and Trimble's Attack (HMAH6)

Location: Gettysburg, PA 17325 Adams County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 48.8', W 77° 14.131'

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July 3, 1863 - Third Day

"On and on they move, the Yankee lines pouring in their fire at every stop, men falling on every side."
Pvt. William F. Fulton, C.S.A.
5th Alabama Battalion, Pettigrew's Division

The bloody Confederate attack here on July 3 has come to be known as "Pickett's Charge." However, Pickett's Division was not alone. More than half the 12,000 Confederates engaged were from divisions commanded by Brig. Gen. James J. Pettigrew and Maj. Gen. Isaac R. Trimble. These troops formed their line of battle on Pickett's left (your right), and attacked at the same time.

About 3:00 p.m., the long line of men in gray and butternut stepped out of the woods in front of you and began their fatal march. An officer in Pettigrew's command recalled, "When within about 250 or 300 yards of the stone wall behind which the enemy was posted, we were met with a perfect hail-storm of lead.... Regiments that went in with colonels came out commanded by lieutenants."

A Union corporal here observed that the Rebels who bean their attack with "a splendid appearance," soon "fell like grain before the reaper.... All that came as far as our line of battle came as prisoners, and out of 18 stand of colors they so nobly brought out, only one was seen to go back, 3,000 of their men were taken prisoner...."
HM NumberHMAH6
Placed ByGettysburg National Military Park
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Date Added Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 at 9:08pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 308649 N 4409430
Decimal Degrees39.81333333, -77.23551667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 48.8', W 77° 14.131'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 48' 48.00" N, 77° 14' 7.86" W
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Area Code(s)717
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 123 Hancock Ave, Gettysburg PA 17325, US
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