Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for July 3, 2015

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Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for July 3, 2015

On July 3, 1863, General George Pickett led a charge against Union lines at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

A 15,000-man strong column under General George Pickett was organized, and Lee ordered a massive bombardment of the Union positions. The 10,000 Federals answered the Confederate artillery onslaught, and for more than an hour the guns raged in the heaviest cannonade of the Civil War. At 3 p.m., Pickett led his force into no-man’s-land and found that Lee’s bombardment had failed. As Pickett’s force attempted to cross the mile distance to Cemetery Ridge, Union artillery blew great holes in their lines. Meanwhile, Yankee infantry flanked the main body of “Pickett’s charge” and began cutting down the Confederates. Only a few hundred Virginians reached the Union line, and within minutes they all were dead, dying, or captured. In less than an hour, more than 7,000 Confederate troops had been killed or wounded.

The Battle of Gettysburg was the turning point in the Civil War, costing the Union 23,000 killed, wounded, or missing in action. The Confederates suffered some 25,000 casualties.

On July 3, 1889, the Georgia General Assembly held its last session at the Kimball Opera House, located at the corner of Marietta and Forsyth Streets in downtown Atlanta before moving into a new Georgia State Capitol.

Happy birthday to Idaho, which became a state on July 3, 1890.

On July 3, 1913, the Georgia state Senate tabled a motion to allow the Georgia Women’s Suffrage Association to address the chamber.

On July 3, 1970, the Atlanta Pop Festival was held in Byron, Georgia.

Among the artists playing at Byron were the Allman Brothers Band and Jimi Hendrix.

Back to the Future was released thirty years ago today, on July 3, 1985. The good news from its sequel is that we’ll all have hoverboards this time next year.

On July 3, 1986, President Ronald Reagan reopened the Statue of Liberty after a two-year restoration.

Georgia Politics

Ted Cruz at GA Republican Convention

Senator Ted Cruz appears at Fox Tale Book Shoppe in Woodstock, Georgia at 10 AM today for a “non-campaign” appearance, signing his new book, A Time for Truth.

At 3 PM today, he’ll be signing at Eagle Eye Book Shop in Decatur.

Sunday at 7 PM, Cruz will be at Dr. Benny Tate’s Rock Springs Church in Millen, Georgia.

Huckabee Georgia Interview GaPundit

Also at Rock Springs Church on Sunday will be former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee. Both will be speaking at the “Independence Day Celebration and Picnic,” which starts at 5 PM. Huckabee will speak at 7:15 PM.

Also at the Independence Day Celebration in Millen will be Jep Robertson from Duck Dynasty and the Charlie Daniels Band.

 

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