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I am General Meade, your new commanding officer. I have word that the confederates are planning to invade in the Union. We have orders to intercept and stop them.
Gettysburg is ours!!
After the Union lost the battle of Chancellorsville, Confederate General Lee was confident in his army and decided to go on the offensive. He planned on invading the city of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. President Lincoln sent the Army of Potomac to intercept them.
The Confederates assemble their army in the outskirts of a town called Gettysburg just 35 miles from Harrisburg. They sent scouts into the town to hunt for supplies only to find two Union Brigades camped in the city. Soon enough the confederates drove them out and into a retreat.
Victory is ours!!
The Union had retreated to Cemetery Ridge after the confederates drove them out. That night three more regiments had arrived to reinforce their lines. They took strong positions from Culp's hill to Cemetery Ridge. Lee planned to send his second in commands regiment to attack on the left while another attacked to the right.
The day was July 2nd and the fighting had begun. Over the next several hours both sides will witness a bloody battle. The Union and Confederacy will have over 9,000 or more casualties. The total toll was over 35,000 men. This would become the largest death toll in a two day battle.
On the third and final day General Lee will launch an attack that will be known forever has "Picketts Charge". He will send one of his commanders along with his regiment straight at the entrenched Union. Over 15,000 men will break from cover and start a 3/4 mile march toward the Union. This will be accompanied by a barrage of artillery by over 150 confederate guns. The Union immediately opened fire from behind stone walls. While this was happening, regiments from Vermont, Ohio, and New York caught the enemies flank. Barely, half of Picketts men survive and retreat.
Lee scrambled to get a defensive line set our of his remaining troops. July 4th, Lee waited for an Union counter-attack but it never came. That night, in the heavy rain, Lee moved his decimated troops back towards Virginia. General Meade of the Union was cautious and did not pursue. This is something he will forever be criticized for. This will be known as the most important battle of the war. The North rejoiced while the South mourned.
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