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army officer

George Edward Pickett, American army officer. famous as leader Pickett’s charge during Battle of Gettysburg, 1863. Served in Mexican War.

Background

Pickett, George Edward was born on January 25, 1825 in Richmond, Virginia, United States. Son of Colonel Robert and Mary (Johnston) Pickett.

Education

Graduated from the United States Military Academy, 1846.

Career

Served in Mexican War. Second in command Lieutenant 2d Infantry, United States Army, 1847, brevetted First lieutenant, 1847. Served frontier duty in Texas, commissioned captain, 1855.

Served on Indian duty in Northwest, 1856-1861. Seized control of San Juan Island in Puget Sound under orders (during British-American controversy over control). Resigned commission, 1861.

Commissioned colonel Confederate Army, 1861, brigadier general, 1862. Served in battles of Williamsburg, Gaines Mills, Seven Pines. Commissioned major general, 1862.

Served in Battle of Fredericksburg. Most famous as leader Pickett’s charge during Battle of Gettysburg, 1863. Commanded Department of Virginia and North Carolina, 1864.

Saw action at Battle of Petersburg. After war refused offer of Khedive of Egypt of commission in Egyptian Army. In charge Virginia agency Washington Life Insurance Co.

Achievements

  • Famous as leader Pickett’s charge during Battle of Gettysburg, 1863.

Membership

Served in Mexican War.

Connections

Married Sally Minge, January 1851. Married second, La Salle Corbell, September 15, 1863.

father:
Colonel Robert Pickett

mother:
Mary (Johnston) Pickett

spouses:
Sally Minge

La Salle Corbell