Don't let them entrench themselves! Quickly! We can't afford to lose time!
Are you sure about that?
The Fight of Little Round Top
It shall be mine!
Before this battle, Robert E Lee (left) had just been in a battle. His favorite general, Stonewall Jackson, had just died because of an accidental friendly fire. The army of Robert E Lee was very low on materials, and needed to get items such as shoes, so they are going to Gettysburg to replenish. He wants to be on the offensive, so he pushed into Union territory. Union soldiers encamped the area, and since Lee struggled from low intel, he would stumble upon them unwillingly.
Brutal Pickett's Charge
Oh! The brutality!
On July 1, 1863, the Union soldiers opened fire. Since the Confederates were a larger force, they were able to push them back to Cemetery Ridge. The Union were going to entrench themselves, a very hard defense to overrun. Robert E. Lee commanded one of his generals to stop them from doing so, Sadly for Lee, the commander hesitated, and the Union now held the high ground and entrenchment. Lee still believed his forces could overrun them, so he waited.
The Depressing Part
Should we go after them?
On the second day of battle, July 2, 1863, Lee knew that he needed to control Little Round Top which had the high ground. This would be the win he needed to win Gettysburg. However, the Union was well aware of the wanting of Little Round Top. This was a terribly bloody battle for Little Round Top. The Union soldiers won the battle, and was worth the losses.
Fourscore and seven years ago our founding fathers brought forth, on this continent, a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal
Pickett's Charge was a terrible Confederate loss, with very few survivors for the Confederates after the push. The Union had the high ground, and as Pickett's force pushed on a one mile march, they were battered with cannon fire. With around 7,500 casualties, Lee believed it was all his fault and apologized to the survivors of the army.
What happened to everybody in Pickett's Charge?
IT'S ALL MY FAULT!
After the Union had won Pickett's Charge, they had a chance to attack Lee when he was retreating. They decided to not attack, which was despised by Lincoln. Lincoln believed that if they had officially attacked and defeated Lee, then the war could have ended there and then. However, they left all of the battle at Gettysburg, a turning point so that Lee never went on the offensive again, with 23,049 casualties for the Union, and 28,063 Confederate casualties in all in Gettysburg.
This quote is from the Gettysburg Address in which Lincoln decided to dedicate this war to the civil rights cause. This also stated that the Gettysburg battlefield cemetery, one of the dedicated memorials of those who died in the Civil War. He then made the Emancipation Proclamation. This quote above explains the founding fathers created this country for everybody to be equal, which is why these people died and why we will continue to fight until victory is achieved.