“I have been a soldier all my life. I have commanded companies, I have commanded regiments. I have commanded divisions. And I have commanded even more. But there are no fifteen thousand men in the world that can go across that ground."
What if General James Longstreet did not give the signal to commence "Pickett's" Charge after Alexander informed him that he did not have enough ammunition to support the charge? Longstreet had earlier expressed his concern to General Lee about making the charge. Without enough artillery support, the chance of it being successful was even smaller.
So what would have happened if Longstreet did not give the signal to start the actual charge? (I am not asking if Lee wold have had him courtmartialed). Would Lee have ordered the charge himself? When Lee found out about the lack of ammunition, would he have agreed with Longstreet? And if the charge does not take place, what does each side do next?
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