One-hundred-fifty years ago today, July 3rd, at 2 p.m., during the third and final day of the Battle of Gettysburg, Pickett’s Charge occurred and the high-water mark of the Confederacy was reached less than an hour later when the bloody charge was repulsed. In light of the Supreme Court's ruling on the Voting Rights Act, it’s remarkable how some of the issues that emerged at our republic's founding still linger so long.
Photo (click to enlarge): The area of the Cemetery Hill portion of the Gettysburg Battlefield where the Confederate forces' point of farthest advance was reached, just to the east (left) of the 72nd Pennsylvania Infantry Monument of the soldier swinging his rifle.
Photo (click to enlarge): The view from where stood the Union army's line atop Cemetery Hill, looking west toward Seminary Ridge (the trees in the far distance) from where Pickett's Charge was launched. The reconstructed fence along the Emmitsburg Road is visible in the middle distance. The advancing Confederates were under Union artillery fire the entire way and from approximately the fence line on they were also within range of Union rifle fire. Many Confederate soldiers died while crawling over the fence or regrouping once over it; many others--the exact number can only be guess at--simply refused to advance beyond the fence and turned back.