This year, the annual summer conference hosted by the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College focused on the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863. In this program, Civil War historians analyze Confederate commander Robert E. Lee’s decision to order an assault on the Union center, often referred to as Pickett’s Charge. The Confederate attack carried out by Gen. George Pickett - one of the three Confederate generals who lead the assault - occurred on July 3, 1863, the third and final day of the Battle of Gettysburg. About 12,500 Confederate soldiers advanced through an open field under heavy Union artillery, resulting in severe casualties and a decisive defeat that ended the battle and Lee’s campaign into Pennsylvania.
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