Monday, July 3, 2017

“I try. I fail. I try again. I fail better.” – Samuel Beckett

From “Lincoln 365,” by Arnold Kunst
July 3
‘The Battle of Gettysburg culminated on July 3 with Pickett’s charge: leaving the cover of nearly woods, close to 15,000 battle-hardened veterans just beyond the range of what proved to be withering Yankee artillery began marching in formation toward Cemetery Ridge a little more than a mile away across a vast open field. The field itself was relatively flat but became increasingly steep the closer they got to their destination. Also, as they got closer and closer, relentless Yankee artillery tore gaping holes in those formations, yet on they continued to march. Only when they got within a few hundred yards did they break into a run. Some actually made it all the way to Cemetery Ridge and engaged the enemy in hand-to-hand combat, but by then their original numbers had been blasted off the field and were a mere few hundred. The break in the Yankee line on Cemetery Ridge, such as it was, was quickly filled in, the few Rebels who reached that far were either killed or taken prisoner. The Battle of Gettysburg was effectively over.’
- Arnold Kunst

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