The climax of the Battle of Gettysburg came on the afternoon of July 3rd, 1863. Confederate Lt. Gen James Longstreet ordered three divisions, including General George Pickett’s division of 5,500 men, to charge across an open field against the center of the Union line. The other two divisions were commanded by Brig. Gen. James Pettigrew and Maj. Gen Isaac Trimble. The Confederates broke through the Union line along a stone wall, known as “the angle” before they were driven back with heavy casualties. “Pickett’s Charge” had failed and the battle ended. Lee and his Confederate army retreated to Virginia. This artist’s depiction of “Pickett’s Charge” is looking southwest from Cemetery Ridge. It shows Union General Winfield Scott Hancock directing the defense of the Confederate charge.