U.S. Civil War. Battles & Events. Election of 1860. Fort Sumter. By Lincoln’s inauguration, March 4, 1862, seven southern states had seceded. Confederate States of America Jefferson Davis of Mississippi – President
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On Day 3 of the battle the Confederates stage “Pickett’s Charge” trying to break the lines of the Union
12,500 Confederate soldiers march across ¾ mile of open field to attack the Union lines
They are virtually wiped out
“We could not help hitting them with every shot.”; “men going down on hands and knees, spinning round like tops, throwing out their arms, gulping blood, falling; legless, armless, headless. There are ghastly heaps of dead men.”