The Battle of Gettysburg

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  • First Day of the Battle of Gettysburg
  • July, 1 1863
  • PUSH THEM BACK!!!
  • Gettysburg
  • REGROUP FURTHER BACK!!!
  • July, 1 1863
  • HURRY EWELL ATTACK!!!
  • I dont think I can..
  • HURRY MEN HERE'S OUR CHANCE!!!
  • Cemetery's Ridge and Culp's Hill
  • Second Day of the Battle of Gettysburg
  • July, 2 1863
  • GET BACK HERE COWARDS!!!
  • RETREAT!!!
  • Little Round Top
  • Lee's troops gathered west of a small town called Gettysburg. He was unaware of Union soldiers camping near the town.  He had been suffering from lack of enemy information because cavalry Chief Jeb Stuart was not doing his job.  Then a Confederate raiding party went to Gettysburg for supplies. Then, Lee’s troops ran right into General's George G. Meade’s cavalry, triggering the Battle of Gettysburg.  Then the Union was pushed back by the South's larger number. 
  • July, 2 1863
  • Regroup for now we aren't getting anywhere
  • CHEERS MEN WE HAVE HELD OUR POSITION
  • The Union soldiers regrouped along the high ground of Cemetery Ridge and Culp's Hill.  General Lee wanted to prevent the Union troops from strengthening their defense, as a result he ordered General Ewell to attack.  However, Ewell hesitated and gave the Union the time to set up an excellent defensive position.
  • July, 3 1863
  • RUN!!!
  • DON'T COME HERE EVER AGAIN!!!
  • Confederate General James Longstreet suggested that they should take a strong defensive position and wait for the Union to attack, but General Lee thought his soldiers were invincible. As a result of this, on July 2nd Lee ordered his soldiers to attack the left side of the Union line, because Lee knew he could win if he took Little Round Top from the Union.  After a long time of fighting the Union finally forced the Confederates to retreat.
  • November, 19 1863
  • Those who have died, they have fought for our way of life to protect it.  They fought for our liberty, our equality and our democracy, and now let's have a moment to honor those who have fallen.
  • Then the Confederates attacked Cemetery Hill and Culp’s Hill. The fighting lasted until nightfall. The attack on Cemetery Hill had failed. The Confederates were able to take a few trenches on Culp’s Hill. Even so, the Union forces still held a strong defensive position at the end of the day.
  • Cemetery Hill and Culp's Hill
  • Lee planned to attack the center of the Union line on Cemetery Ridge. He felt this type of strategy wouldn't be expected.  The South attacked Cemetery Ridge with cannon fire. Then the Union fired back. Then they slacked off. They assumed that they had damaged the Union artillery. Since they thought they had dealt severe damage to the Union they planed to charge. The task of charging the Union center fell to three divisions of Confederate soldiers. General Pickett commanded the largest unit. In late afternoon, nearly 15,000 men took part in his Charge. They suffered severe losses.  The Confederates retreated, leaving about 7,500 casualties on the field of battle. 
  • Pickett's Charge
  • Third Day of the Battle of Gettysburg
  • Cemetery's Ridge
  •  Gettysburg was a turning point in the war. Lee’s troops would never launch another attack in the North. The Union's victory at Gettysburg took place on the day before Grant’s capture of Vicksburg, Mississippi. These victories made northerners believe that they could win the war. As a plus, the Union's win at Gettysburg helped to end the South’s search for support from foreign countries and states in the war. After Gettysburg, Great Britain and France refused to help the Confederacy. The South’s plan for at cotton diplomacy had failed.  On November 19, 1863, President Lincoln gave a speech called the Gettysburg Address, in which he praised the bravery of Union soldiers.  In one of its frequently quoted lines, Lincoln referenced the Declaration of Independence and its ideals of liberty, equality, and democracy. 
  • Aftermath of the Battle of Gettysburg
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