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[The number following an individual's name indicates his age at the time of the Battle of Gettysburg.]

Lee PhotoGen. Robert E. Lee - 56, from Virginia, graduated West Point, Class of 1829. The general was at the pinnacle of his career and his Army of Northern Virginia was apparently unstoppable when they marched into the North that summer of 1863. Lee was the South's greatest and best-loved commander, and he led one of the most daring armies ever organized. The Battle of Gettysburg would prove to be the "high tide" of his army and the war. Died October 22, 1870.

Longstreet photoLt. Gen. James Longstreet - 42, from South Carolina and Alabama, graduated West Point, Class of 1842. "Old Pete," as he was called by his men, commanded the First Corps of the Army of Northern Virginia. A stubborn, effective fighter, he opposed Lee's battle plan at Gettysburg. Much of the Southern controversy about Gettysburg centers around Longstreet's command decisions during the battle. In many ways, the events at Gettysburg would haunt him until the end of his life. Died January 2, 1904.

Hill PhotoLt. Gen. Ambrose P. Hill - 37, from Virginia, graduated West Point, Class of 1847. Troops of his Third Corps opened the Battle of Gettysburg on July 1, 1863. His troops also fought on July 2, and he sent the better part of two divisions into the grand assault on July 3, also known as "Pickett's Charge." He was killed in action at Petersburg on April 2, 1865.

Armistead PhotoBrig. Gen. Lewis A. Armistead - 46, from Virginia, dismissed from West Point, 1836; joined the regular Army. A brigade commander in Pickett's division, he pierced his hat with his sword and led a few score of men through a breech in the Union center where the stone wall made a right angle toward the Union rear. He was mortally wounded in Pickett's Charge on July 3, 1863, and died on July 5.

Ewell PhotoLt. Gen. Richard S. Ewell - 46, from Virginia, graduated West Point, Class of 1840. Commander of Lee's Second Corps, he led "Stonewall Jackson's old corps at Gettysburg. Though brilliant on the first day of the battle, he would later fail to take key Union positions and allwed his subordinate commanders to set the tone of the battle on the Confederate left. He was wounded and lost a leg at Second Manassas and died January 25, 1872.

Pickett PhotoMaj. Gen. George E. Pickett - 38, from Virginia, graduated West Point, Class of 1846. One of the more flamboyant of Lee's generals, he commanded a division of Virginia soldiers. His name is forever associated with the third and final day of the battle and the climactic attack against the Union center, known as "Pickett's Charge." Died July 30, 1875.

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