With the cannonade now subsided,
about 12,500 Southern men stepped from the woods along Seminary Ridge and prepared to march across the fields towards what they hoped
would be their demoralized, disorganized Northern foes. With temperatures of about 87 degrees and many Confederates wearing traditional
woolen uniforms, both the heat and the distance would serve to wear men down. However, as the men of Major Generals George E. Pickett
and Isaac R. Trimble, and Brigadier General James Johnston Pettigrew moved forward towards their watchful Union counterparts, they were
blessed with occasional respites from the relentless Union cannon fire. As the men from the South approached within 400 yards of the
Federal lines on Cemetery Ridge, Northern artillerymen replaced shot and shell with deadly canister rounds.
Following the fence line in the picture to your right, you can plainly see the swales and rises of the terrain over which the soldiers
engaged in Pickett's Charge traveled.
Despite this occasional protection, the horrible
slaughter would decimate the Confederate ranks, depriving them of irreplaceable leadership during future campaigns. Although
General Pickett would escape unharmed, all three of his Brigadiers would become casualties, two of them losing their lives. General
Trimble, who was leading two brigades for the earlier wounded General Pender, would himself be wounded at the Emmitsburg Road,
resulting in the amputation of a leg. General Pettigrew would escape with a painful canister shot to his right hand, only to later
receive a fatal wound to his abdomen at Falling Waters on July 14th, just 11 days later as the Confederates continued their withdrawal