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There was an additional element to Pickett's Charge. Take a look at the Battle of East Cavalry Field. Three brigades of Confederate cavalry coming up in the Federal rear at the place and time of Pickett's 'clump of trees' center point of attack may or may not've permanently broken the Federal line, but in any case the reb cavalry was stopped three miles distant, trying to take control of "the low dutch road" leading right in to the Federal rear area, in a battle which commenced at the same 1:00 P.M. July 03 hour of Lee's artillery bombardment preparatory to Pickett's jump off.
They were stopped by the skin of the teeth, and the confusion of the rebs caused by the brand new Spencer repeating rifle, in the hands of two Michigan cavalry regiments under none other than 23 year-old BG George Armstrong Custer.
... Stuart tried again for a breakthrough by sending in the bulk of Wade Hampton's brigade, accelerating in formation from a walk to a gallop, sabers flashing, calling forth "murmurs of admiration" from their Union targets. Union horse artillery batteries attempted to block the advance with shell and canister, but the Confederates moved too quickly and were able to fill in for lost men, maintaining their momentum. Once again the cry "Come on, you Wolverines!" was heard as Custer and Col. Charles H. Town led the 1st Michigan Cavalry into the fray, also at a gallop. A trooper from one of Gregg's Pennsylvania regiments observed,
"As the two columns approached each other the pace of each increased, when suddenly a crash, like the falling of timber, betokened the crisis. So sudden and violent was the collision that many of the horses were turned end over end and crushed their riders beneath them."
As the horsemen fought desperately in the center, McIntosh personally led his brigade against Hampton's right flank and the 3rd Pennsylvania and 1st New Jersey hit Hampton's left from north of the Lott house. Hampton received a serious saber wound to the head; Custer lost his second horse of the day. Assaulted from three sides, the Confederates withdrew. The Union troopers were in no condition to pursue beyond the Rummel farmhouse.