George Pickett: Patriot or Criminal?

Date(s) - 05/09/2015
1:00 pm

Sigal Museum




Confederate Gen. George Pickett is one of the most well-known and recognizable names from the Civil War. As an honorable and brave military man, Pickett is thought of as the exemplary southern general. He is also seen as a heartrending figure, for having his division decimated during Pickett’s Charge at the battle of Gettysburg. However, just seven months after Gettysburg, Pickett ordered the controversial execution of 22 captured Union prisoners in coastal North Carolina. How could a man who represents the ideal Southern gentleman commit such a crime as hanging prisoners? This presentation will focus on a discussion of the depth of Pickett’s character and seek to enlighten the audience on the man from the myth.

Presented by Brian Blake, Civil War historian