Gettysburg

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  • I'm General George Gordon Meade. General Joseph Hooker was supposed to be here but he resigned a few days ago.
  • Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
  • I'm Robert E. Lee, the Confederate General. One of my partners, Stonewell Jackson, died shortly before this battle.
  • July 1, 1863
  • July 2, 1863 Little Round Top
  • Without capturing Little Round Top, we might lose the battle!
  • Robert E. Lee and his Confederate troops invaded the North in search for supplies. They ran into Union General, George Gordon Meade which started the Battle of Gettysburg. Before they would know it, every public building in this town would be hospital to help wounded soldiers, and the fields would be filled with bodies, graveyards and the stench of death. Soon after, President Abraham Lincoln would be in the small town to make one of the most famous speeches in American history.
  • Attack!
  • General George Pickett
  • July 1st, 1863, the first day of Gettysburg. The Union army is armed with 90,00 troops, while the Confederate only has 75,000. Robert E. Lee and his troops pushed the Union back to gain more space. Lee then wanted to attack the Union immediately, but others advised against it. Robert E. Lee went ahead with the attack, but it didn't help them much. That night Confederates camped at Cemetery Ridge to re-enforce their troops and prepare for the next day of battle. 
  • There's over 3155 Union deaths and 3909 Confederate deaths. Almost everywhere in this town is a Graveyard, but this is a turning point. If the Union can win this battle, they can win this war!
  • What do we do now?
  • July 2, 1863 was the second day of the battle of Gettysburg. General Robert E. Lee knew it would be a huge advantage to capture Little Round Top, a hill in the town of Gettysburg. After some brutal fighting, the Union was able to capture Little Round Top, which set them up for success in the rest of the battle. The Confederates then decided to attack Cemetery Hill and Culp's Hill and were practically successful. In the end  of day 2, despite the strong Confederate start, the Union held a strong defensive position.
  • “Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” 
  • Robert E. Lee thought the Union was ready to break and give the confederates a victory. He ordered his troops to shoot Cemetery Ridge with cannons. That did little damage to the Union, so they decided on another plan. Confederate General George Pickett commanded the largest army, consisting of 15000 men, in an attack that would soon be called Pickett's Charge. They marched towards Cemetery Ridge and suffered many causalities. But, the Union fought back and the Confederates retreated, resulting in over 1,100 Confederate causalities. 
  • July 3, 1863 Cemetery Ridge
  • A Union victory in the Battle of Gettysburg majorly boosted Northern morale and made it seem possible that the Union could win the Civil War, a turning point. After Gettysburg, more than a third of Lee's army was missing or dead. Although, the battle caused major causalities on both sides and devastated the small town in Pennsylvania. A loss at this important battle gave disadvantages to the South, foreign countries refused to help the Confederacy and they failed at cotton diplomacy.
  • President Abraham Lincoln gave one of the most famous speeches in US history at the Gettysburg Cemetery in 1863. In the speech, Lincoln addressed and honored all the soldiers who died to save the Union and abolish slavery. He re-committed himself to winning the Civil war and renewed hope for the Union.
  • November 19, 1863
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