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At the time, Alexander held the rank of LCOL.  Lee had a train of artillery waiting at the Potomac but there was no time (several days) to bring it up for use at Gettysburg.  Lee ordered Pickett's Charge not in hopes of defeating the Army of the Potomac but principally to concentrate it towards Cemetery Hill/Ridge, enabling Lee to organize a retreat.  Failure on the Second Day to complete the first day's triumph by taking either Culp's or Little Round Top or Cemetery Ridge nullified the defeat and destruction of Sickle's Third Corps, and sealed the fate of the ANV at Gettysburg.  C.

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