On July 3, 1863, close to thirteen thousand soldiers rose from their tree-shielded position and bravely marched three-quarters of a mile over open fields, under the constant barrage of thick cannonade and furious enemy fire. Half never returned from the assault. A very few made it to the objective, the center of the enemy position on the opposing ridge, the High-Water Mark of the Confederacy. This engagement is known as Pickett’s Charge. It ranks with the bravest maneuvers, however ill-conceived, in history. Walking these fields, as I have done, is an unnerving experiment.