Pickett's Charge Battlefield Tree Products
George Edward Pickett served in the Confederate Army during the American Civil. Prior to that he graduated last out of 59 cadets from West Point's class of 1846. Near the beginning of the Civil War, he was commissioned as an officer for the Confederates and attained the rank of brigadier general in January 1862. He commanded a brigade that saw heavy action during the Peninsula Campaign of 1862. Pickett was wounded at the Battle of Gaines Mill in June of that year.
During the Gettysburg Campaign, his division was, much to Pickett's frustration, the last to arrive on the field. However, it was one of three divisions under the command of General Longstreet to participate in a disastrous assault on Union positions on July 3, the final day of the battle. The attack became known as "Pickett's Charge."
Following the war, Pickett feared prosecution for his execution of deserters and temporarily fled to Canada. An old Army friend, Ulysses S. Grant interceded on his behalf, and he returned to Virginia in 1866. He could not rejoin the Army, so he tried his hand at farming, then selling insurance. He died at age 50 in July 1875.
The products on this page are made from the wood of trees near where Pickett's Charge formed and advanced on the afternoon of July 3, 1863. The assault was ordered by Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee against Maj. Gen. George G. Meade's Union positions on the third day of the Battle of Gettysburg. Its futility was predicted by the charge's commander, Lt. Gen. James Longstreet, and it was a mistake from which the Southern war effort never fully recovered. The farthest point reached by the attack has been referred to as the high-water mark of the Confederacy.
The wood used for these products did not come from Witness Trees. These trees were harvested in the decades after the battle and more modern times.