Veterans at Bloody Angle
Veterans who served under Confederate general George E. Pickett and took part in the famous infantry attack known as Pickett's Charge reassemble on July 3, 1913, fifty years after the event. The charge took place on the third day of the Battle of Gettysburg, and the ex-soldiers gathered at a point on the battlefield known as the Bloody Angle, a corner in a stone wall defended by Union soldiers and reached by Pickett's Virginia men. Though the Confederates suffered heavy casualties during the assault, over time the offensive gathered a romantic aura. "In less than one half century," the historian Carol Reardon has written, "Pickett's Charge became both historical event and emotional touchstone—history and memory—with the demarcation between the two often imperceptible." The symbolic meeting point of history and memory became the Bloody Angle and the trees behind it, a place that in 1870 John B. Bachelder—a painter who turned himself into the unofficial historian of the Gettysburg battle—famously described as "the 'High Water Mark' of the rebellion."