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⋆M★G⋆ Pickett, George Edward

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Brigadier General
Forum Host
Apr 11, 2016
NE Georgia - SC
George Edward Pickett
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George Pickett
began his military career by attending the West Point Military Academy, he graduated last in his class of 59 cadets. He served in the U.S. Army in the Mexican-American War, and participated in the Pig War of 1859. When the Civil War began, he joined the Confederacy, and was promoted to brigadier general by January of 1862. He commanded a brigade that saw heavy action during the Peninsula Campaign. Pickett was promoted to major general later that year. Pickett is most frequently remembered for leading one of the divisions in the final, futile, bloody Confederate offensive on the third day of the Battle of Gettysburg.

Born: January 16, 1825

Birthplace: Richmond, Virginia

Father: Colonel Robert Pickett 1799 – 1856
(Buried: Shockoe Hill Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia)​

Mother: Mary Johnston 1805 – 1860
(Buried: Shockoe Hill Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia)​

1st​ Wife: Sally Harrison Minge 1829 – 1851
(Buried: Shockoe Hill Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia)​

Married: January 28, 1851 in Franklin Parish, Louisiana

2nd​ Wife: Morning Mist – 1858

Married: June 6, 1857 in Washington Territory

3rd​ Wife: LaSalle “Sallie” Corbell 1843 – 1931
(Buried: Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia)​

Married: November 13, 1863 in Petersburg, Virginia


James Tilton Pickett 1857 – 1889​
(Buried: River View Cemetery, Portland, Oregon)​
Major George Edward Pickett Jr. 1864 – 1911​
(Buried: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia)​
David Corbell Pickett 1866 – 1874
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(Buried: Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia)​



1846: Graduated from West Point Military Academy (59th​ in class)​


1846 – 1861: Served in United States Army rising to Captain​

Civil War Career:

1861: Major of Confederate States Army, Artillery​
1861 – 1862: Colonel in the Confederate Army, Infantry​
1861 – 1862: Commander of Rappahannock Line Dept. Fredericksburg​
1862: Brigadier General of Confederate Army, Infantry
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1862: Participated in the Peninsula Campaign​
1862: Wounded in Shoulder at Battle of Gaines Mill​
1862 – 1865: Major General of Confederate Army Infantry​
1862 – 1865: Division Commander in the Confederate Army​
1862: Lightly Engaged during the Battle of Fredericksburg​
1863: Participated in the Suffolk Virginia Campaign​
1863: Heavily Participated in the Battle of Gettysburg, third day​
1863: Commander of Department Southern Virginia – North Carolina​
1864: Participated in the Overland Campaign
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1864: Participated in the Battle of Cold Harbor, Virginia​
1864 – 1865: Participated in the Siege of Petersburg, Virginia​
1865: Defeated during the Battle of Five Forks​
1865: Defeated during the Battle of Saylor's Creek​
1865: Commanded his remaining troops at Battle of Appomattox, VA.​
1865: Paroled at Appomattox Court House, Appomattox, Virginia
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Occupation after War:

1866 – 1875: Insurance Agent in Norfolk, Virginia​
1874: Received a Full Pardon from United States Government​

Died: July 30, 1875

Place of Death: Norfolk, Virginia

Cause of Death: Abscess of the liver

Age at time of Death: 50 years old

Burial Place: Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia
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First Sergeant
Jun 18, 2018
I was just reading about Pickett's involvement in the pig war of 1859. Casuality...one pig.


2nd Lieutenant
Sep 15, 2018
South Texas
When He made the comment "that old man ...had my division massacred" he was talking to John S. Mosby at a postwar meeting with Lee. Lee was dying and it was witnessed by Mosby. It was reported to be an icy affair.
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