After two years of war and several days of hard fighting on the Union flanks around the town of Gettysburg, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee believed that a concerted attack upon the troops at the center of Gen. George Meade’s Army of the Potomac along Cemetery Ridge could break the Union line. Lee hoped this would force a retreat toward Washington and, perhaps, encourage the federal government to sue for peace. This program will explore different aspects of Pickett’s Charge and examine why it is such an important part of American history.
Wright has been a member of the Delaware Heritage Commission since 2009, and he chaired the commission’s Civil War Sesquicentennial Planning Committee. A lifelong Delawarean and 1982 graduate of The American University in Washington, D.C., he served for 27 years on the staff of U.S. Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. He also serves on the Service Academy Nominations Board of U.S. Sen. Christopher Coons, having previously served in a similar capacity for former Sen. Ted Kaufman and former Rep. John Carney.