Location: Cemetery Ridge at Gettysburg When: The afternoon of July 2, 1863 Who: General Hancock's 2nd Corps... 1st Minnesota Regiment Hancock's dilemma: He saw a line of Confederates approaching. He knew he didn't have enough troops and had been waiting for reinforcements. Even bigger dilemma: Sending in troops as a sacrificial diversion would buy him some time until the reinforcements arrived. (Now digressing for a moment... who would EVER want to have to make that kind of decision?!) Hancock's decision: Ordered the 1st Minnesota to charge to buy some time. 1st Minnesota Troops: They knew they were being sacrificed. They had no complaints about it and went willingly. They knew their lives would be traded to hopefully save the Union line. Bottom Line: It worked... but what a high cost.