Admittedly never a fan of Pickett, but his reputation is built on a charge that should never have happened. I can't recall a battle that he positively distinguished himself in.
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By Co-incidence they both graduated LAST in their respective classes at West Point! They were destined for something special to happen and it did.I've always thought Pickett suffered from the Custer Syndrome - one big loss and your whole career is flushed, then your beloved wife takes up for you with a vengeance - and manages to add to the pile. Both were good generals and had their share of good work. Pickett had to take the blame for Longstreet's Assault because the Yankees had something to do with it just like the Sioux had something to do with losing Little Big Horn.
Pickett is one of those generals I'm ambivalent about. I admire him for acknowledging his marriage to an Indian woman while in Washington, and acknowledging and supporting his son by her. That is most unusual. And, it appears to have been a real, true mutual love. He also acknowledged the validity of a tribal marriage, and made sure of it by having a church wedding as well.
Perhaps the recorders of history got it wrong, but it confounds me to read how anxious Pickett was to get into the heat of the action at Gettysburg to the extent his division's feelings had been hurt for being relatively inactive and overlooked. He was so thankful to be given the task on Day 3 and declared he would take the objective. Did he not know the enemy's disposition prior to the assault? Why blame Lee? He knew exactly what he was getting into, no?
I agree that Pickett's ability as a division commander was a mixed bag. He performed reasonably well at Gettysburg and Bermuda Hundred. Not so much at New Bern and Five Forks. I'm thinking that Pickett had direct supervision at the former battles, but was in overall operational command at New Bern and Five Forks. That may have made the difference.
I thought that Pickett commanded the Confederate Centre at Fredericksburg, but saw little action !Had to go with the 3rd option.
A good brigade General. but he just was not ready for the top.
But he really never got the chance to be tested, I mean, a hopeless charge as your first real combat since the Peninsula Campaign? He missed out on Second Manassas and South Mountain where his men performed well, wonder if he would of showed good qualities if he had been engaged at Fredericksburg or Chancellorsville?
But do you consider this representative of his career? Every general had off days of some degree of significance, which is not to pardon Pickett's absence at that battle.
March 31st 1865 was a Good Day for him at the battle of Dinwiddie Court House, where with 10,000 Infantry + Cavalry, and in driving rain & muddy roads, he managed to push the Yankees right back to the Court House - perhaps his finest moment- It was a remarkable Confederate Victory !Not trying to start anything, but is there a great day in the war for Pickett? I really cannot think of one.