My organization at Purdue is still working on modeling Pickett's Charge - not my wheelhouse so asking for help once more! Our modelers are interested in why different units behaved so differently as the assault culminated; are there reasons, besides saying regiment X or brigade Y had higher morale, more experience, better officers, etc?
Specifically, Armistead, Garnett and Kemper made it to Union lines, went "toe to toe" against the Yankees, and achieved minor break ins before turning back; Davis and Lane barely reached the Emmitsburg Pike before retreating; Brockenbrough (Lang & Wilcox in the south) had enough before really engaging the enemy.
We know their linear tactics required men of unbelievable discipline, that I doubt you could find in today's armies. I suspect at no point prior to the attack did Lee or Longstreet or anyone else say "Don't turn back until you reach 27.6% casualties." So what accounts for different behaviors, different points that units "broke" (if we can even say that Pickett's three brigades did that)? Any ideas, or better yet, hard facts?
Thanks again, Rob Kirchubel