The battle began on July 1, 1863, when the Confederate raiding party and the Union forces began exchanging fire. Instead of attacking, Long felt that the Confederate army should move east, take a strong defensive position themselves, and wait for the Union forces to attack them.
On July 2, Lee ordered an attack on the left side of the Union line. Then the Confederates attacked Little Round Top, Cemetery Hill, and Culp’s Hill. the Union forces still held a strong defensive position by the day’s end. The Union forces held a strong defensive position by the day’s end.