McMillan’s Woods



McMillan’s Woods, Gettysburg, near the starting point of Pickett’s Charge. CS troops massed near here to begin their long side by side march across about a mile of fields to the stone wall on the side of the Emmitsburg Road. Along the path was a split rail fence which proved to be difficult to impossible to climb while carrying battle pack and a musket. At the start of the charge there ware approximately 7800 troops, but only 235 reached the wall. As the troops marched in a line up towards the wall, there were mass desertions, debilitating injuries, and deaths from artillery firing grape shot at the advancing men.
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