- By sculptor Francis Barnum
- Limited edition
- S/L# 1754
It's 3:30 in the afternoon, July 3rd, 1863. The lead force of troops under Confederate General George Pickett have just completed crossing a large open field from Seminary Ridge some one thousand yards to Gettysburg's Cemetery Ridge. One of Brigadier General Lewis Armistead's Alabamans has reached the low stone wall forming "The Angle".
A sergeant in Lt. Alonzo Cushing's A Battery, 4th Artillery, is firing his last charge of shot directly into the wall of advancing troops while tugging the lanyard from behind his back to protect his face from misfire. Empty paper cylinders, originally used to package and carry gunpowder charges, litter the ground.
Another 4th Artilleryman has abandoned the gun. Using the gun's ramrod, he's trying to beat off the bayonet-bearing Alabaman. The Southern boy is one of only an estimated seven hundred to reach the wall.
Of the 15,000 incredibly courageous Confederate soldiers to make the charge, only 6,000 survive. As history was to determine, General Lee would never again be able to mount another major offensive.