The Civil War, Day by Day

It's All My Fault

Storm Over Gettysburg

“It’s all my fault,” he said, “It is I who have lost this fight, and you must help me out of it in the best way you can.”

Despite Southern dedication and valor, Pickett’s Charge had failed miserably. As the exhausted survivors stumbled back to Seminary Ridge, Lee, accompanied by his aide, Lt. Colonel Charles Marshall, waited to meet them. He spoke to them with compassion and understanding: “All will come right in the end - we’ll talk it over afterwards - we want good and true men just now.” To other he confided, “You have done all that men could do; the fault is entirely my own.”

At the moment of Lee’s most devastating defeat, his greatness and humanity prevailed.

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