Pickett's Charge

Historical content: 
Civil War and Reconstruction
Historical skills: 
Sourcing

Assessment

Directions: 

Use the image to answer the question below.

Source: 

This print, titled "Gen. Pickett taking the order to charge from Gen. Longstreet, Gettysburg, July 3, 1863," was created in 1900 by an unknown artist.

Question:

The print, "Gen. Pickett taking the order to charge from Gen. Longstreet," is a useful resource for historians who wish to understand Pickett's famous charge on the last day of the battle of Gettysburg.

Do you agree or disagree?

Briefly support your answer.

About the Assessment

Like The First Thanksgiving, this assessment measures students’ ability to source a document.  When historians interpret a document, they first look to find out who wrote it and when.  This information provides important clues about whether the source provides reliable evidence about the past.  This assessment gauges whether students understand an important aspect of sourcing: the time elapsed between when a document was produced and the event that it depicts.

Students who understand the importance of when a document was produced will see that this painting is of limited use to historians who wish to understand Pickett's Charge because it was produced over 30 years after the event.