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.

West Point grad; Special Ops Vet; NY Times bestseller of over 80 books; for free books and over 200 free downloadable slideshows go to www.bobmayer.com

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