Cross-posted from H-CivWar
Anyone who's visited Gettysburg and stood at the spot where Lee sat on Traveler, contemplating Cemetery Ridge in the distance, across those open fields, must have had the same thought that I did -- "They had to be crazy to attempt something like that!"
Pickett's division was fresh, having missed the first two days of fighting. The other units making the charge had suffered severely during the previous two days.
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?
Mr Kirchubel, whilst Downey has gone absent from the shelves of my bookshelve, The Rifle Musket in Civil War. remains.
Remembering that I am some 8.500 miles from your location, can I help you in any way?
To save clogging up the message bank, my home email is firstname.lastname@example.org .
Both Downey's and Hess' books are collected in the library of which I am the director.
Are there search terms or topics for which you wish me research in them?
Rea Andrew Redd
Director, Eberly Library
My organization (purdue.university/forces) is modeling Pickett's Charge in an effort to improve/expand/modernize old Lanchester type attrition models. Our fluid dynamics prof is having one body of fluid smash into another. Last month we had an article on our early work on the topic published in the online "Journal of the Operational Research Society."