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    One of the major ill-decisions made by Lee that contributed to the overall defeat of the Confederate army at the Battle of Gettysburg was the ordering of Pickett’s Charge. Pickett’s Charge is considered one of the most famous events during the three day battle. It took place on the third day when Lee ordered General George Pickett plus six brigades from adjacent corps to charge up the middle of Cemetery Hill where the Federal center was located and ultimately unhinge Meade’s entire force. The plan was an intricate one that involved 13,000 troops charging straight up the middle of the Union ranks preceded by artillery bombardment at the intended point of attack. Additional reinforcements were also appointed to exploit the break. Finally,…

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    The battle of July 1-3, 1863 was fought at a town called, Gettysburg, which was the intersection of the principle streets, in Pennsylvania, while Gen. Lee was gone to Maryland and Pennsylvania through Virginia 's Shenandoah Valley. The fight was a serial of forth and back of their past positions between the armed forces. Armed force of Potomac (90,000 men under Gen. George G. Meade) and the Confederate armed force (75,000 man of Northern Virginia Army under Gen. Robert E. Lee) met up in a three…

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    ends of the enemy lines as a strategy to take out a bundle of enemies at a time. Next is the case shot, similar to the solid shot, had long range and some speed. It also had a timed fuse, which made it explode into pieces in mid-air. People would fire these when an advancing front of soldiers to confuse them by faking them out. The shell did not go far but did massive damage with the timed fuse. If someone had a headshot with this ammunition, then that person would die quickly with no time to…

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    I love how Shaara starts to show Lee as being stubborn, too fixed on his ideas, and ignoring alternatives from other generals when he says, “General, the enemy is there…and there’s where I’m going to strike him” (Shaara pg. 285). It then starts to lead the reader into Pickett’s Charge, the bloodiest loss of life during the battle. The section captures the horrifying disaster of the battle. Brigadier General Lewis Armistead himself comes across as a valiant warrior, with his hat on the tip of his…

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    General Hunt ordered his batteries into action. This time the artillery was employed with deadly precision and effect on target. Delivering multiple Confederate wounded or dead with each round of Grape Shot fired. The effects of accurate artillery fire combined with the terrain began to close the 400 yard gap between General Pickett and General Pettigrew. With the bunching up of troops in General Pickett’s and General Pettigrew’s Divisions, General Hunt’s artillery was all the more effective.…

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    When asked asked why he thought his charge failed, Gen. George Pickett responded by stating, “I believe the Union Army had something to do with it” (Aron, 1997, p. 105). The reason why Gen. Pickett said that can most likely be attributed to the fact that it was and still is very difficult to pinpoint exactly what went wrong. In fact, historians still have trouble with this. Some hard facts historians do know is that was during the American Civil War, during one of the deadliest battles, the…

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    Even a century long time after his death, Wilfred Owen is still famous for his war poetry written during World War 1. In his poem, Owen uses various language techniques to vividly illustrate the horrendous reality of the war. Hence, he communicates his own anti-war feelings implied beneath his techniques. However, although he is now known as an anti-war poet, for once, he had been a naive boy, who had volunteered to fight in war. At first, he was thrilled to fight for one’s country. But soon,…

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    for weapons, equipment, gains, and losses with respect to what is being fought over, be it land or other resources. In thinking of war that way, however, we often overlook the very personal costs of war; while we may think in the abstract terms of numbers of dead soldiers, we overlook the cognitive, physical, and psychological on soldiers, civilians, and even the entire world. Indeed, while war shows man’s resilience and sacrifice, it also highlights what is worst about mankind, and its effects…

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    The poem that I have studied is ''Dulce Et Decorum Est'' by Wilfred Owen. The poet is trying to depict the reality. of war through this poem. The poem begins with a description of a group of soldiers retreating from the front lines of the battlefield. They are exhausted and are,''Bent double like old beggars under sacks ''. The poet used a simile to convey the ragged wretched state of the soldiers. They are''Coughing like hags''. The once clean, strong, handsome, young men are being compared to…

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    Alfred Tennyson’s “The Charge of the Light Brigade” is a poem about the British cavalrymen in the Crimean War (1854-1856), but more specifically, the Light Brigade. The British and French fought against the Russians over the struggle of control over land and also because of religious tensions (historyextra). According to the poem, the cavalry started out with an estimate of 600 British soldiers, but after the conflict with the Russian forts, only a few of the original 600 made it out alive. The…

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