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Casualties During Pickett's Charge

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  • Armistead's Brigade Casualties on July 3, 1863

    This detail from a July 12, 1863, report by Confederate colonel W. R. Aylett charts the casualties (the number of killed, wounded, or missing) suffered by Armistead's Brigade on July 3, 1863, during the Battle of Gettysburg. On that day, Armistead's Brigade—consisting of the 9th, 14th, 38th, 53rd, and 57th Virginia Infantrytook part in the climax of the battle, an infantry attack known as Pickett's Charge. The chart here states that there were 1,191 casualties in the brigade. In addition, General Lewis A. Armistead, the commander of the brigade—listed here as "wounded and captured by the enemy"—died two days after the battle.

    In the main body of the report, Aylett—who also was wounded that day—recounted how the brigade moved "across the open field for more than half a mile" under heavy artillery fire "which rapidly thinned its ranks." Still, Armistead's men reached the Union defenders, who were crouched behind a stone wall. After enduring "severe musketry fire" and bursts of artillery, the men in Armistead's Brigade "were compelled to retire leaving more than two thirds of our bravest & best, killed or wounded on the field."

    Colonel Aylett made special mention of Armistead. "Conspicuous to all, fifty yards in advance of his Brigade waving his hat upon his sword he led his men upon the enemy with a steady bearing which inspired all breasts with enthusiasm and courage and won the admiration of every beholder," Aylett wrote. "Far in advance of all he led the attack till he scaled the works of the enemy and fell wounded in their hands but not until he had … seen his colors planted over their fortifications."

    Original Author: Colonel W. R. Aylett

    Created: July 12, 1863

    Medium: Handwritten manuscript page

    Courtesy of The Museum of the Confederacy

  • Partial List of Casualties at Pickett's Charge

    A page from an official Confederate report gives a partial listing of the dead, wounded, and missing men from the 57th Virginia Infantry Regiment after Pickett's Charge, the July 3, 1863, infantry attack that was the climax of the Battle of Gettysburg. The list of casualties from the 57th Virginia Regiment, part of Armistead's Brigade in General George Pickett's Division, are broken down by companies. The commanding officers for companies F, G, and H (shown here) were among those missing or wounded. This page was part of a report issued from the headquarters of Armistead's Brigade on July 12, 1863, by Colonel W. R. Aylett.

    Original Author: Colonel W. R. Aylett

    Created: July 12, 1863

    Medium: Handwritten manuscript page

    Courtesy of The Museum of the Confederacy