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Decision 4 of 4
The Last Day of Battle: Where Will You Make Your Final Attack?
It is early morning on July 3, 1863.
During the evening of July 2-3, the last, fresh division of the Army of North Virginia arrived under the command of General George Pickett (left). Other divisions of A. P. Hill's III Corps, which fought on the first day of battle, are reformed and rested and available for action.
Your army is tired and bloodied, but you have a final opportunity to make one more strong attack. You have two choices. Do you:
Choice #1: Attack the Union left near the Peach Orchard. The Federal troops there are in relatively exposed positions and with their right flank already pressed near Rock Creek Bridge, success here could threaten to envelop them.
Choice #2: With the Union army firmly fixed in place at Gettysburg, and with the Baltimore Pike under your control, you have a clear road to Baltimore and Washington, D.C. You could detach Longstreet with 15,000 men to make a bold raid on these key northern cities and perhaps compel the Union into peace negotiations.
Attack the Union left flank near the Peach Orchard.
Detach 15,000 troops to make a raid on Baltimore and Washington, D.C.