General George Pickett Term Paper

General George Pickett
A biography of the life and contributions of General George Pickett.
# 147499 | 2,718 words | 5 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Apr 28, 2011 in History (U.S. Civil War 1860-1865) , Military (Military History)

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This paper provides historical background and information about the life and career of General George Pickett. It describes how his leadership led up to the famous charge in the battle of Gettysburg - a turning point in the Civil War and the downfall of the Confederacy. The writer describes how his career declined after the terrible losses he sustained at Gettysburg, and how this defeat affected his personality as well.

From the Paper:

''General George E. Pickett, a name intertwined with the failed infantry charge during the battle of Gettysburg. On the 3rd day of the bloody battle of Gettysburg General Pickett followed the orders of General Lee, the Commander of The Army of Northern Virginia. His orders were to lead his division across an open field through a hail of direct and indirect fire to smash through the Union line. Pickett bravely followed the order and was ultimately unsuccessful in penetrating the Union defensive positions. This loss crushed the once confident General and lead to the collapse of his military career.''
''George E. Pickett was born on January 25, 1825, to a wealthy family of slaveholding, plantations owners located in Turkey Island, VA (Gordon, 2010). His official birthplace is the city of Richmond VA, more specifically the home of his Grandfather Robert Johnston. Young George spent a lot of his time here in Richmond, mostly during the winter months. His parents were Robert and Mary Pickett. He was the first of eight children born to Robert and Mary. George Pickett was one of only three siblings to survive to adulthood. His sister Elizabeth J., Mary S., Olivia, Mary and Robert all died before 1838 (The Pickett Society, 2010).''

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Gordon, L. J. (1998). General George E. Pickett in Life and Legend. London: The University of North Carolina Press.
  • Gordon, L. J. (2010, March 4). George E. Pickett (1825-1875). VA, USA.
  • Encyclopedia Virginia:
  • Hess E. J., W. B. (2010, June 8). Picketts Charge. Retrieved March 26, 2011, from Encyclopedia Virginia:
  • The Pickett Society. (2010, Febuary 5). The General. Retrieved March 26, 2011, from The Pickett Society:

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