Midpoint of the War: May to July 1863

Gettysburg: The Second Day

So the Union left held that afternoon? What about the Union center?

It had, by 6 P.M., been beaten to a pulp by Confederate attacks. General Sickles had been taken from the field with a wound that would cost him a leg. His men were in full retreat to Seminary Ridge. There was one moment when a group of Confederates appeared on the ridge, and—for once—had no opposition, but General Winfield Scott Hancock, who was the most ubiquitous person at Gettysburg, sent a regiment of Minnesota men in a desperate endeavor. The regiment lost seventy-five percent of its men, but they gained Hancock the five or ten minutes he needed to plug the gap.

The 1910 Pennsylvania Memorial is the largest of the many statues and other tributes erected at Gettysburg.


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