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GETTYSBURG - FORWARD WITH THE COLORS - CEMETARY RIDGE

JULY 3, 1863

July 3, 1863, on Cemetery Ridge, Gettysburg, Lee's Army of Northern Virginia was halted in its tracks directly in front of the Union defenses.  Thousands of musket balls and artillery shells pelted the oncoming gray attackers at nearly point blank range.

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   Brigadier General Lewis Addison Armistead, a commander in George F. Pickett's Division, pushed his way through the huddled soldiers.  Armistead calmly looked to Lieutenant Colonel Rawley W. Martin of the 53rd Virginia Infantry for some advice.  "Colonel we can not stay here," said Armistead.  "Then we will go forward," replied LTC. Martin.  "Forward with the Colors."  Armistead stepped onto the fence and yelled for the soldiers to "Give them the cold steel."

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   For a brief period it seamed Robert E. Lee's Confederate Army would be victorious on this final day of the Battle of Gettysburg, but within minutes Armistead was mortally wounded and those that followed him were either killed or taken prisoner. 

   Lee's chance of victory had evaporated and with it, the southern forces reached their "High Water Mark" of the war.  The gallant and brave soldiers who participated in the charge nearly universally believed that, properly executed as Lee had envisioned, the attack would have succeeded and led to the greatest Confederate victory of the war.