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GETTYSBURG - FIRE AT THE ANGLE

JULY 3, 1863

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   Fire at the Angle depicts the last shot from Cushing's Battery fired by Lieutenant Alonze Cushing hinself.  This shot was fired directly into Pickett's Division at "The Angle" July 3, 1863 at Gettysburg.  This irregular rectangle of ground called "The Angle" was a hundred yards deep by two to three hundred yards wide and it was the bloody cockpit of the whole war.  Here was where men on foot with guns in their hands would arrive at a verdict.

FIRE AT THE ANGLE
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   A regular army battery of six guns commanded by Lieutenant Alonze Cushing had been posted just north of the copse of trees & by the time the Confederates came up to close range, five of the six guns had been put out of action.  When Cushing fired the final shot from the one gun that remained, he was killed and most of the gun crew went down with him.  The climax of Pickett's vharge was an infantry fight pure and simple.