4 July 1863. What if the Union Counter-Attacked the day after Pickett’s Charge?
The Union was on Cemetery Ridge; the Confederates on Seminary Ridge. It was raining. Both sides had taken high casualties. The soldiers were exhausted.
Lee was hoping that Meade would attack; a reversal of Pickett’s charge. He didn’t. But what if he did?
Would the war have been shortened? Lincoln was incenses that Meade didn’t follow up. But there were a lot of factors involved. Meade had only been in command three days before Gettysburg. His army had taken a very high percentage of casualties.
Originally published at www.writeitforward.com on May 29, 2016.