A man of honor, Pettigrew deserved the praise he received during the Gettysburg Campaign of June 1–July 17, 1863, where his talent and character received their greatest test. In vicious combat, he enhanced his reputation. Four times his Tarheels faced Union guns, including the swirling attack at McPherson's Ridge on July 1, and the titanic assault on Cemetery Ridge on July 3, before defending the retreating Confederate army at Falling Waters on July 14. This is the story of one noble Confederate and his men as they participated in the most famous campaign of the struggle for Southern independence.
Clyde Wilson, the editor of the papers of John C. Calhoun and biographer of James Johnson Pettigrew, focuses his attention on the activities of this leader, his command, and their campaign as part of the killing machine that was the Army of Northern Virginia. In fact, Wilson argues that "Pickett's Charge" should be called "Pettigrew's Charge," since the North Carolinian had more to do with the attack than his more famous Virginia counterpart. By following the fortunes of these men, readers will find themselves part of the Confederate invasion of Pennsylvania, its climactic battles, its dashed hopes, and its heartbreaking retreat.
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