Picketts charge in history and memory is about the making of history the book focuses on the final days charge during the battle of gettysburg and how it is remembered in particular the book chronicles the attempts of virginia veterans to take the credit and avoid the blame for the failed assault. Carol reardon talked about her book picketts charge in history and memory published by the university of north carolina pressin the book the author chronicles the confederate attempt to . Well written and meticulously researched picketts charge in history and memory utilizes first rate scholarship to tell a fascinating story it deserves the attention of scholars and should win a wide audience among general readers civil war history indispensable eminently valuable beyond the confines of civil war . The clump of trees the target of picketts charge complete with the bronze book commemorating the high water mark of the rebellion concludes almost every tour the vista between the valleys still compels our attention and awe perhaps the public forum of the t shirt best illustrates the power of the memory of picketts charge today. If as many have argued the civil war is the most crucial moment in our national life and gettysburg its turning point then the climax of the climax the central moment of our history must be picketts charge but as carol reardon notes the civil war
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