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The Battle of Gettysburg

   

JULY 3—GENERAL LEE'S INTENTIONS

General Lee had wanted to renew his attacks on July 3 by coordinating that on Culp's Hill with another by Longstreet and Hill against the Union forces on Cemetery Ridge. He believed that "with the proper concert of action" and with the advantages gained from the ground taken on his right and on Culp's Hill, he could attack with success on July 3. Longstreet's Corps, including Pickett's division, would assail the Union left in the morning as Ewell assaulted Culp's Hill. But Longstreet and Hill were not ready to attack at daybreak, and the Federals would not wait for Lee's generals to implement his plan.

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