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italicized names are characters who aren’t active soldiers at Gettysburg
Heth, Henry: leads an infantry brigade against Buford’s defenses, mistaking the union cavalry for local militia.
Hood, John: urges Longstreet flank the Union’s right, but Longstreet cannot go against Lee’s orders.
Jackson, Thomas (Stonewall): aggressive commander whose death shortly before Gettysburg forced a reorganization of Lee’s army.
Kemper, James: politician from Virginia who is not fond of foreigners.
Marshall: Lee’s aid, wants Stuart to be court-martialed.
Pender, William: His wife condemns him for going along with the invasion of the North and thereby becoming the aggressor
Pettigrew, James: one of three main leaders of Pickett’s charge.
Pickett, Sallie: Pickett’s young sweetheart
Rodes, Robert: Flanks union right on first day of fighting, fails to attack on second day.
Ross: the Austrian observer
Taylor, Walter: Lee’s protective aide.
Trimble, Isaac: One of three main leaders of Pickett’s charge. Requests to be transferred away from Ewell after Ewell’s excessive caution allowed the retreating Federals to gain a foothold in the heights south of town.
Venable: Lee’s aide, courteous and elderly.
Chamberlain, Tom: Josh Chamberlain’s younger brother and aide. Inexperienced idealist.
Gibbon, John: detached commander who has three brothers fighting for the Confederates.
Hazlett, Charles: artillery commander who supports Chamberlain at Little Round Top and is killed there.
Hooker, Joseph(Fighting Joe): head of the Army of the Potomac until Meade replaces him shortly before Gettysburg.
Howard, Oliver: his 11 th Division (the Dutchmen) runs at Gettysburg and he must submit to Hancock’s command.
Kilrain, Buster: father-figure aide to Chamberlain. Experienced realist.
Rice, James: his New York regiment fought alongside Chamberlain and the 20 th Maine at Little Round Top.
Sickles, Daniel: former politician famous for killing a man who was having an affair with his wife.
Vincent, Strong: Chamberlain’s commander.