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|What artillery barage? I thought that Alexander's batteries were running low on ammo by the time the charge actually began after trying to dislodge Federal artillery for some time. If they were then an immediate counter charge might not have faced shelling. The thing would have been once Federal troops started getting close enough for canister.
But it probably would have had to be an immediate countercharge. And not just because of what had just happened to the Army of Northern Virginia but because of some of his own people. I still think that may have played as much of a role in how long it took Meade to pursue Lee after the batte as the army's own weariness did. Some of his commanders and staff were still loyal to Hooker and certainly after the battle undermined Meade as a commander.