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George Edward Pickett

George Pickett was born in Richmond, Virginia on January 25, 1825.

George went to the United States Military Academy at West Point, also having hosts and demerits and graduating last in his class in 1846. George grew up on his family's plantation at Turkey Island in Henrico County.

George spent the next thirteen years in the army, in outposts in Texas and in the far West. In November 1851, his first wife, Sally Minge, including their newborn daughter died in Texas.

George's army got to the Battle of Gettysburg late, and they missed out on the first two days of the Battle. His army lost unbalanced casualties during the fight, with almost 50 percent of his men killed, kidnapped or injured, including his commanders. As soon as General Lee asked George about the condition of his army, and George said "General Lee, I don't have an army."

George Pickett used to be a U.S. Military Officer and then became a Confederate Major General while the Civil War was happening. He was a hero of the Mexican-American War. George is best known for being in The Battle of Gettysburg in July 1863, when his group was killed while a massive front attack that is known as "Pickett's Charge."

After Gettysburg ended, George commanded troops in North Carolina and was later in the defense of Petersburg. George's embarrassing defeat at the Battle of Five Forks in April 1865, caused a Confederate retreat that came to Robert E. Lee's surrender at Appomattox.

After the Mexican-American War, George went on to serve in the United States military, and was told that he was to go to the Washington Territory, where he participated in a land argument with Great Britain known as the Pig war. At the explosion of the Civil War, George dropped out of the military and was assigned as a colonel in the Confederate army.

He graduated the last in his class. His wife. Sally Harrison Minge, died during child birth along with the baby. I admire him because he's been through a lot but he still fought and never gave up.

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