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If Pickett Had Tanks (July 3, 1863) - July 03, 1863

Gettysburg - Revisited
By: sam1812 - Last update: 07/04/2008
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Historical Background:
General Robert E. Lee planned an attack on the Union right flank, hoping to draw Union troops away from the center, where he hoped to launch his main assault. When an adviser warned that "no fifteen thousand men ever arrayed for battle can take that position," Lee insisted, "The enemy is there. I am going to take them where they are."

A two-hour artillery bombardment of the Union line failed to inflict significant casualties or knock out the Union artillery. At 3PM, Gen. George Pickett's famed charge was ordered to begin. The Confederates had to advance across nearly three-quarters of a mile of open ground. As soon as Pickett's division left the cover of the trees, they came under Union artillery fire. The ragged lines pressed forward, but were cut to pieces.

One of Pickett's brigade commanders, Lewis A. Armistead, led from the front. With his hat on the tip of his sword, he held it high as a marker, shouting, "Come on, boys! Give them the cold steel! Who will follow me?" Armistead was one of the 150 soldiers who managed to reach the Union lines. He placed his hand upon one of the Union cannons that had wreaked such terrible devastation on his men, but he was killed moments later.

Almost half of the 15,000 Confederate troops engaged in the attack failed to return.

Of course, back in 1863, they didn't have tanks....

Union (green pieces): Take 5 cards.

Confederacy (gray pieces): Take 4 cards. Y'all move first.

Conditions of Victory:
6 medals

Any Confederate unit that exits off the Union side of the board scores a medal.

Special Rules:
All Confederate infantry units are Special Forces. They may move 2 hexes and battle.

The Confederate infantry marked with the battle star is Heroic Leader, Gen. Lewis A. Armistead. See Terrain Pack page 9 about Heroic Leaders.

Air Power: There were no airplanes in 1863. Treat this card as a Recon-1 in the section of your choice, instead. (Order 1 unit; draw two cards and keep one.)

Dig In: You may put sandbags on either 4 infantry units OR 1 artillery unit.

All terrain, movement, and battle rules are based on Memoir '44, not Battle Cry.

Scenario Bibliography:
Basic layout and text from Battle Cry's "Gettysburg - Pickett's Charge" scenario, tanked up and tweaked for playability.

Please note that this scenario was not approved by Richard Borg or Days of Wonder, so you have to check yourself about playability, potential gaming issues, etc.

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