1863 – (Civil War) Final Day of Fighting at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

July 3, 1863, is famous for Pickett’s Charge at Gettysburg, when 12,500 Confederate soldiers attacked the Union line. When Union generals were carried from the field wounded, their troops faltered and their line began to break. Lieutenant Frank Haskell of Madison rode into their midst, rallied them back to the fight, and then brought reinforcements that stopped the enemy attack. Iron Brigade General John Gibbon commented afterward, "I have always thought that to him, more than to any one man, are we indebted for the repulse of Lee’s assault." It turned not only the tide of the battle but, through the Confederate defeat, the momentum of the war.