Gettysburg

Gettysburg
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  • why?
  • c'mon mary we need to go in for a while
  • Attack!
  • The union's on our tails!
  •  When it came to choosing the general of the union army Lincoln decided to choose General George Gordon Meade as apposed to Joseph Hooker who he had recently lost confidence in due to his reluctant nature. Confederate general Robert E Lee hoped to capitalize confederate victories and defeat the union while they had the field advantage. Flash-forward to 1863 the union was resting in Gettysburg so citizens had there concerns about a confederate attack.
  • Keep going boys! Only 300 yards left!
  • July 1, 1863: Lee invades the North for the second (and final) time. Lee had no information on the union because Jeb Stuart didn't do his job. While the confederates were raiding Gettysburg for supplies they ran into General Meade starting the battle. The union army regrouped along cemetery ridge.  Lee ordered Ewell to attack however he was hestitant and wanted to move East.Confederates camped at seminary ridge parallel to the union forces and both camps called for reinforcements. 
  • What are we going to do without 1/3 of our men?
  • July 2, 1863: Lee planned an attack on the left side of the union's line. Once the confederates reached their attacking position they discovered union forces were in the way. The confederates tried to round up as many union troops as possible which resulted in extremely brutal and bloody fighting. The union eventually dominated the battle and forced the confederates from little round top. At 7:00 pm Lee ordered one last attack against the confederates. The battle was a union victory.
  • Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure.
  • July 3, 1863: General George Pickett led his men to attack the union position. Lee planned to instruct the confederates to the center of the union's line because he knew they wouldn't predict it. Lee ordered Pickett's charge which became known as  "the climax of the battle of Gettysburg." The charge across the clear field gave the union an incredible opportunity and they took it. The confederate casualty rate was over 50% of Lee's men and 12,000 confederates died. 
  • Gettysburg is considered a turning point (when a decisive change in a situation occurs) of the Civil War. This is because after the Confederates lost the battle they lost hope of winning the war as well and gave the union confidence. Over all three days of Gettysburg, there was a total of 23,249 union causalities and 28,263 confederate casualties. Gettysburg is a very important battle because it was the bloodiest battle throughout the civil war.
  • Due to the extreme significance and high mortality rate of the battle of Gettysburg, Lincoln took the opportunity he was given to speak out about the brutal battle. On November 19, Lincoln gave a 2 minute speech about the Gettysburg national cemetery where union soldiers of the battle were buried known as the Gettysburg Address. There are also a few monuments in the cemetery to honor the soldiers who died for their cause and risked it all in the three day battle. 
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