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Battle of Gettysburg: The Third Day of Battle (Cavalry Charges)

What do you know about Battle of Gettysburg: The Third Day of Battle (Cavalry Charges)?  .
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1) The cavalry units on both sides only played roles on the first and third day of battle. The Union cavalry played an important role in delaying Lee's movements on the first day. For the most part, up until the late afternoon, Lee was without his cavalry.  Why was J.E.B. Stuart missing?

  1. Stuart and his cavalry rode around the right flank of the Union army.

  2. Stuart and his cavalry attacked Harper's Ferry.

  3. Stuart and his cavalry needed to defend the Confederate President Jefferson Davis.

2) For Day Three, Lee wanted Stuart to protect the Confederate left flank and attempt to move around the Union right flank and into the enemy's rear. Union cavalry forces were from the Corps of Maj. Gen. Alfred Pleasonton, who did not participate directly in the command of any cavalry actions during the Battle of Gettysburg. Stuart and Union forces would meet in the East Cavalry Field.  Who was the Union commander?

  1. Brig. Gen. Jefferson Pegger

  2. Brig. Gen. Harmon G. Burger

  3. Brig. Gen. David McM. Gregg

3) Brig. Gen. Fitzhugh Lee was a brigade commander under J.E.B. Stuart.  What was his relationship to Robert E. Lee?

  1. Cousin

  2. Nephew

  3. Brother

4) Stuart would meet the Union forces at Cress Ridge (now knows as the East Cavalry Field). One of the Union brigade generals were ordered to take the 7th Michigan and attack.  Who was this general?

  1. Brig. Gen. George Crook

  2. Brig. Gen. Philip Sheridan

  3. Brig. Gen. George Armstrong Custer

5) As the horsemen fought desperately in the center, Union Col. John B. McIntosh personally led his brigade against Confederate Wade Hampton's right flank and the 3rd Pennsylvania and 1st New Jersey hit Hampton's left from north of the Lott house.  Which commander received a serious saber wound to the head?

  1. Brig. Gen. Wade Hampton

  2. Col. John B. McIntosh

  3. Brig. Gen. Wesley Merritt

6) The losses from 40 intense minutes of fighting on East Cavalry Field were relatively minor: 254 Union casualties, 219 of them from Custer's brigade.  What were the Confederate causalities?

  1. 181 Confederates

  2. 256 Confederates

  3. 381 Confederates

7) On the morning of July 3, Union Cavalry Corps commander Maj. Gen. Alfred Pleasonton ordered two of his brigades to the left flank of the Union army to the southwest of Round Top. The first brigade of Brig. Gen. Elon J. Farnsworth arrived about 1 PM, about the time Confederate shelling began before "Pickett's Charge."  The second brigade arrived about 3 PM about the time Confederate troops began their assault on the Union center. Who commanded this the second brigade?

  1. Brig. Gen. Wesley Merritt

  2. Brig. Gen. Hans McGomery

  3. Brig. Gen. George Crook

8) What where the troops the Union cavalry faced on the South Cavalry Field?

  1. Confederate cavalry

  2. Confederate infantry

  3. Confederate artillery with infantry support

9) The Union cavalry commander's ill-considered and poorly executed cavalry charges are remembered as a low point in the history of the U.S. Cavalry and marked the final significant hostilities at the Battle of Gettysburg.  Who was the overall Union cavalry commander?

  1. Brig. Gen. Ottis Campbell

  2. Brig. Gen. Thomas Cusack

  3. Brig. Gen. Judson Kilpatrick

10) Six miles west of Gettysburg, one of Merritt's regiments, the 6th U.S. Cavalry, was defeated that afternoon at Fairfield by the "Laurel Brigade," however, an action not considered to be a formal part of the Battle of Gettysburg.  What commanded the "Laurel Brigade"?

  • Brig. Gen. John S. Mosby

  • Brig. Gen. William E. "Grumble" Jones

  • Brig. Gen. William Patton

Battle of Gettysburg: The Third Day of Battle (Cavalry Charges)

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