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Lee's confidence was unshaken by the events of July 2. That night, he ordered Longstreet, who had been reinforced by Major General George Pickett's division, to renew his assault on the Federal left. Simultaneously, Ewell, who had also been reinforced, was to storm Culp's Hill. Stuart's cavalry, which had rejoined the army late that day, was ordered to march well east of Gettysburg, and attempt to penetrate to the Federal rear where they might disrupt communications and distract Meade.

Meanwhile, Meade had determined to hold his position and await Lee's attack. However, at Culp's Hill he authorized XII Corps to drive Ewell's forces out of the captured Federal trenches at daylight. The Federal effort opened with a concentrated artillery bombardment which precipitated a tremendous musketry battle.

With Ewell already engaged, Lee rode to Longstreet's headquarters to observe his preparations for the attack on the Federal left. Longstreet misunderstood his orders and was planning instead a movement to turn the Federal left. With the hope of a coordinated attack now lost, Lee was forced to modify his plans. He determined to shift his

Gen. Pickett (below), chosen by Lee to lead the charge against Cemetery Ridge, accepted his responsibility enthusiastically. Lee was later to tell him, "the men and officers of your command have written the name of Virginia as high today as it has ever been written."

Gen. Pickett (below), chosen by Lee to lead the charge against Cemetery Ridge, accepted his responsibility enthusiastically. Lee was later to tell him, "the men and officers of your command have written the name of Virginia as high today as it has ever been written."

"T can still hear them cheering as I A gave the order, 'Forward!' The thrill of their joyous voices as they called out, 'We'll follow you, Marse George, we'll follow you!' On, how faithfully they followed me on, on to their death, and I led them on, on, on, Oh God!"

Gen. George Pickett in a letter to his fiancee on the evening of July 3.

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Artillery fire from Cemetery 'Hill and Little Round Tnp^ (above) tore into the five brigades led by. Pickett, while Federal marksmen concentrated on officers and color-bearersin. the Confederate vanguard.

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