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Civil War
00000174-b11b-ddc3-a1fc-bfdbb1a20000The Schreiner University Department of History is honoring the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War with a series of short vignettes focusing on events from 1861 through 1865. The Civil War was the most destructive conflict in American history, but it was also one of our most defining moments as a people and as a nation. Let us know what you think about "This Week in the Civil War." E-mail your comments to Dr. John Huddleston at jhuddles@schreiner.edu.Airs: Weekdays at 5:19 a.m., 8:19 a.m., 4:19 p.m. on KTXI and 4:49 a.m., 9:29 p.m. on KSTX.

This Week in the Civil War - 606

July 3, 1863: Gettysburg’s third day dawned as the Federals prepared to be attacked by Lee’s Confederates.  Flanking attacks had been tried fruitlessly against the Union line.  Lee gambled that a direct assault against Meade’s center would crack the Union line.  Success or failure would fall squarely on the shoulders of General George Pickett and his veteran units. 

At 1 p.m. a two hour artillery duel ensued before Pickett’s brigades began their one mile long march across open ground toward the Union center.  Union artillery and small arms fire decimated Pickett’s brigades; only a handful of Southerners temporarily breached the Union lines. 

For all purposes Pickett’s charge ended the Confederates’ chances of prevailing at Gettysburg.  The following morning a long train of wagons carrying Lee’s wounded  retreated southward from Gettysburg.