George Pickett


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George Pickett

George Edward Pickett


George Edward Pickett was born on January 28, 1825, in Richmond, Virginia. He graduated from West Point in 1846, in the same class as George B. McClellan and Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson. After fighting in the Mexican War, he served in Texas, Virginia and Washington Territory. In 1861, he resigned his commission and joined the Confederate army. Commissioned a Confederate brigadier general on January 14, 1862, he fought under Maj. Gen. James Longstreet in the Seven Days' Campaign, and was wounded at Gaines' Mill. Promoted to major general on October 10, 1862, he led a division at Fredericksburg. During the Battle of Gettysburg, he led what became known as "Pickett's Charge," an unsuccessful attempt to coordinate a massive assault on the Union center. 

George Pickett

Pickett's military reputation declined and, after fighting in the Battles of New Berne, Petersburg, Five Forks and Sayler's Creek, he was relieved of command by General Lee. A few days later, Lee surrendered at Appomattox, and the Civil War ended. After the war, Pickett worked as an insurance salesman. He died in Norfolk, Virginia, on July 30, 1875.



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