Thread: 7-3-2012: This day in history
#1 7-3-2012: This day in history07-03-2012, 11:14 AM
Battle of Gettysburg ends, 1863
Washington takes command of Continental Army, 1775
"Back to the Future" released, features 1981 DeLorean DMC-12, 1985
Pickett leads his infamous charge at Gettysburg, 1863
Khrushchev consolidates his power, 1957
A mother is arrested and accused of killing her four children, 1989
Charter jet crashes mysteriously, 1970
Washington assumes command, 1775
U.S. warship downs Iranian passenger jet, 1988
Tom Cruise born, 1962
M.F.K. Fisher is born, 1908
Brian Jones and Jim Morrison die, two years apart to the day, 1969
Idaho becomes 43rd state, 1890
Eisenhower initiates federal flood-control program, 1958
Mike Marshall relieves Tommy John to pitch in 13th consecutive game, 1974
U.S. command announces new high in casualties, 1968
World War I
Mohammed V, sultan of Turkey, dies, 1918
World War II
Operation Catapult is launched, 1940
07-03-2012, 01:48 PM
Thursday, July3, 1863
Pickett’s Charge was the culmination of the Battle of Gettysburg. Taking place on Thursday, July 3, 1863, the third and final day of battle, it involved an infantry assault of approximately 10,000 to 12,500 Confederate soldiers against Union Major General George Meade’s troops’ position along Cemetery Ridge, manned by some 6,500 Federals. The assault would take the nine brigades of Confederate soldiers over three-quarter mile of open ground susceptible to cannon fire the entire time. The ill-fated assault resulted in a casualty rate of 50%, and marked the end of the battle of Gettysburg as well as Lee’s last invasion of the north.
Military historians have revised the number of Confederate participants downward from the previously accepted 15,000 number, which assumed the attacking brigades were at full strength. Many were already weakened by two days of fighting. The estimated casualty number is 6,000. Actual figures of dead, wounded, missing are difficult to ascertain.
The result of this charge was that the offensive capability of the Army of Northern Virginia was destroyed, and their defensive capability severely reduced. Had Meade counterattacked, the ANV might well have been annihilated at Gettysburg.
Last edited by Chuck58; 07-03-2012 at 01:54 PM.The poster formerly known as chuck58 on the old board.
07-03-2012, 02:26 PM
Today in Texas History
1884 - In Austin, the City-County Hospital opened. It later became known as Brackenridge Hospital.
1964 - Natural Bridge Caverns opened to the public. It is Located midway between New Braunfels and San Antonio and is the largest known cave in Texas.It's not how old you are, it's how you got here.
It's been a long road and not all of it was paved.
A man is but a product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes. Gandhi
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