Gettysburg: "They walked through blood"

Perhaps no event of the American Civil War has been romanticized and  written about more than the last great charge by General Longstreet's  men on the third day of the Battle of Gettysburg.  This Museum of the  Confederacy exhibit tells the story of the dramatic event, historically  referred to as "Pickett's Charge,"  primarily through the display of the  battle flags carried by the units of Major General George Pickett's  Virginia Division. One eyewitness recalled the "war flags fluttering in the gentle  summer breeze" as they marked the progress of the advancing Confederate  soldiers across the one-mile no-man's land separating the two armies.   As the Southerners began the final surge against the stone wall crowning  Cemetery Ridge, Northerners noted "the enemy with colors flying  advancing in columns in mass" and braced themselves for the onslaught.   When the charge was broken, Union soldiers gathered in "sheaves of  battle flags"—testimony to the high cost of the charge.

Thirteen of the fifteen battle flags carried by regiments in  Pickett's division were captured in the charge.  Eight of those captured  flags are displayed in this exhibit. The exhibit also features personal  artifacts of soldiers who took part in the charge and remembrances of  the battle.


 Included with Museum admission- $10: adults, $6: youth 7-13, Free: under 7