New “Pickett-Pettigrew” Charge Interactive Panorama

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Historical Spotlight is pleased to release our second panorama of the Battle of Gettysburg. This panorama depicts Cemetery Ridge as viewed from the North Carolina Memorial. This is the view Pettigrew’s Division would probably have had as they advanced toward the Copse of Trees. Again, if one scrolls over a monument its identification will appear. We have also added a new feature: If one highlights the 69th Pennsylvania, 26th North Carolina or U.S. Artillery Battery A monuments, a link is available to access a first hand account from a soldier who was there.

RollinsThese accounts are drawn from one of our favorite Gettysburg sources: Pickett’s Charge: Eyewitness Accounts at the Battle of Gettysburg. The book is edited by Richard Rollins. Rollins does an outstanding job of presenting over 350 pages of eyewitness accounts of the “Pickett–Pettigrew Charge”. The back cover describes the book this way, “Written by generals, officers and enlisted men on both sides, these first hand accounts offer an up-close look at Civil War combat and a panoramic view of the carnage of July 3, 1863.” Rollins categorizes the accounts into chapters that recount the charge from planning stages, battle progression, conclusion and finally after battle accounts. Some informative narrative introduces the accounts along with important citations. Rollins includes a few maps that will orient a reader if they are unfamiliar with the charge. From a visual arts perspective, the 1993 film Gettysburg by Ronald Maxwell probably stands at the pinnacle. However from a written perspective Rollins’ book adds a depth of human experience that the movie could not capture. To know what those men really felt and experienced on July 3, 1863, read Pickett’s Charge: Eyewitness Accounts at the Battle of Gettysburg. You will not be disappointed.



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