“Double Canister at Ten Yards”

The Federal Artillery and the Repulse of Pickett’s Charge, July 3, 1863

David Schultz

Date Published :
February 2017
Publisher :
Savas Beatie
Illustration :
12 images, 5 maps
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Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781611212723
Pages : 120
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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Most accounts of Pickett’s Charge at Gettysburg focus on General Robert E. Lee’s reasons for making the attack, its preparation, organization, and ultimate failure. In the gripping study “Double Canister at Ten Yards”: The Federal Artillery and the Repulse of Pickett’s Charge, July 3, 1863, artillery expert David Shultz focuses his examination on the Union long-arm, and explains how and why General Henry Hunt and his gunners were able to beat back the Confederate foot soldiers.

Shultz, who has studied Gettysburg for decades and walked every yard of its hallowed ground, uses official reports, letters, diaries, and other accounts to meticulously explain how Hunt and his officers and men worked tirelessly on the night of July 2 and well into July 3 to organize a lethal package of orchestrated destruction to greet the expected assault. The war witnessed many large scale assaults and artillery bombardments, but no example of defensive gunnery was more destructive than the ring of direct frontal and full-flank enfilading fire Hunt’s batteries unleashed upon Lee’s men.

About The Author

David L. Shultz is the author of many articles concerning the Battle of Gettysburg, and several books including Guide to Pennsylvania Troops at Gettysburg, The Battle Between the Farm Lanes: Hancock Saves the Union Center, and the co-author (with Scott Mingus Sr.) of The Second Day at Gettysburg: The Attack and Defense of Cemetery Ridge, July 2, 1863 (Savas Beatie, 2016). He is currently working on an extensive and comprehensive tactical study on the artillery at Gettysburg.


“The author of several books on Gettysburg, Schultz here takes a very detailed look at the role of the Union artillery in the defeat of Robert E. Lee’s grand assault on July 3rd… An excellent look at the Union artillery in action, this will prove a useful read for anyone with an interest in Gettysburg.”

- The NYMAS Review

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