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Confederates array for attack as cannonade precedes epic charge

...This key event should really be called Longstreet's Assault. After the Confederate defeats on July 2nd, it is Robert E. Lee's idea to push his center forward against the Union center, hoping to amass enough firepower at the Union center to break through and expand the gap in the line, thereby cutting the Union battle line in half. Lee gives that order to James Longstreet, who commands a third of Lee's army and is Lee's most trusted lieutenant´┐Żespecially after the death of Stonewall Jackson in May of 1863. It is Longstreet who puts this plan together. He places 13,000 men in battle line to assault the Union center. He also arranges for 152 Confederate cannons to fire at the Union center and weaken it prior to the Confederate assault...