Battle of Gettysburg

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Battle of Gettysburg

Fast Facts-The Civil War lasted 5 years-The Civil War was the costliest war ever fought on American Soil.-"The War Between the States, as the Civil War was also known, pitted neighbor against neighbor and in some cases, brother against brother."

The Civil War:The Battle of Gettysburg(1863)

Bibliography--"American Civil War Battle Gettysburg Pennsylvania July 1-3." Americancivilwar.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Dec. 2013. .-"Battle of Gettysburg." Www.history.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Dec. 2013. .- "The Gettysburg Address." http://www.abrahamlincolnonline.org/. Ed. Roy P. Basler. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, n.d. Web. 11 Dec. 2013.

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The Battle of Gettysburg started with General Robert E. Lee, who was in charge of the Confederate Army, charging into Union territory, Gettysburg, Pensylvania. President Lincoln himself issued Major General George Gordon Meade to be in charge of the Union Army, and pursuit after Lee's army after Commander Joseph Hooker's failure to stop Lee in engaging Union territory months before.The first day(July 1st) General Reynolds of Union forces was assassinated by a sniper so General Howard took his place. Upon arriving to battle Confederate forces had already set up their forces. This commenced a battle between ,Confederate General, Ewell's and ,Federal General, Howard's menThe second day(July 2nd) was the day of battle. James Longstreet was in charge of the Confederate forces and was ordered by Lee to issue an attack on the Federals as early as possible. Though the order was issued Longstreet didn't get his men into position till 4:00 PM, where they opened fired on Daniel Sickles Corps. The Federals however used the time before battle to do something else. General Daniel Sickles has his men digging in along Cementary Ridge that stretched up to 2 miles from Cemetary Hill and to the Round Tops. Upon Longstreet's attack, Sickle's men stood on guard on Cementary, which provided them with terrrain advantage opposing to Longstreet's men who were having trouble climbing the hill, having been out-powered, and having been out-manned.The third day(July 3rd)Union forces of the Twelfth Army Corps had pushed back Confederate forces from Culp's Hill. Just the day before Lee had thought he was going to seek victory. He sent out three-divisions agaisnt Union men on Cementary Ridge. As they walked Union men opened fired on the front line, and spots were quickly closed by men in the second line. General George Pickett was in charge of a division smaller than 15,000 rebel troops. Lee was determined to win, and so Pickett's men went forth to enemy lines around 3:00PM. Where Union infratry opened fired on them and New York, Vermont, and Ohio troops hitting the enemy flanks on both sides.

Information on the 3 Days of triumph battle,victory and failure

Video on the Battle of Gettysburg

Mapped out procedures of the how the war was set-up in the three days of warfare.

After the Battle of Gettysburg

-On July 4, Lee waited for a counter attack by Union troops, but Meade didn't bother to attack. When night came, Lee withdrew his army. -President Lincoln was angered how Meade didn't immiediately pursue Lee's army.-The day after Union forces had won the Battle of Gettysburg, Union victory had jut sieged upon the Battle of Vicksburg. -The Confederacy had lost its hopes for foreing recognition-After a month after the battle, Lee offered his resignation to President Davis, but was utterly declined.-The dead soldiers that layed on the battle field were soon buried in many poorly marked graves. -The victories from the Battle of Gettysburg and the Battle of Vicksburg turned the Civil War in the Union's favor.-After about 5 months later, President Abraham Lincoln gave his remarks on the war.

"But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow -- this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."By Abraham Lincoln November 19, 1863

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