3 July 1863: “we are repulsed with great slaughter”

Item description: Diary of William D. Alexander, Company C, 37th North Carolina, containing an entry made on the field during Pickett’s Charge at the battle of Gettysburg, July 3, 1863.

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Item citation: From the William D. Alexander Diary, #2478, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Item transcription:


firing commenced at dawn this morning but no general fight yet. 9 1/2 A.M.

3 P.M. we are charging the heights. 5 P.M. we are repulsed with great slaughter.

we hold the old lines the night.


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