The Battle of Gettysburg

The Battle of Gettysburg

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  • General Joseph Hooker Union Commander of the Army of Potomac Fought in the Battle of Antinam
  • Thomas (Stonewall) Jackson Confederate Fighter, Served General Lee
  • Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 450 buildings in 1860 
  • General Robert E. Lee Confederate Commander of the Army of North Virginia Fought in the Peninsula Campaign, the Second Bull Run, Fredericksburg, and Chancellorsville
  • July 1, 1863
  • General Meade VS General Lee
  • Cemetary Ridge- Defended by the Union
  • Union retreats that night
  • Bloodliest day of the Battle of Gettysburg
  • A Union general spreads his soldiers too thin.
  • Longstreet takes the opportunity and advances
  • General Meade sends reinforcements 
  • July 2, 1863
  • General Longstreet (Confederate) arrives with his army of 20,000 men
  • Union retreats to Little Round Top
  • July 3, 1863
  • General Lee chooses Pickett and a few others to lead a charge on Cemetery ridge.
  • They had to cross 3/4 of a mile, and break down obstacles in the way while being open to fire.
  • They were weakened from crossing the field, eventually retreating after being attacked from three sides
  • Confederate General Picketts' division arrives
  • 6,000 Confederate Casualties
  • Half of Pickett's division of 6,000 were killed, with fifteen of his commanders in the charge The Union lost about 1,500 men in Pickett's Charge The Union lost 3,100 total in Gettysburg
  • This Battle: Caused the first National Cemetery to be fabricated Was the first time the country honored Veterans Was the closest the Confederates came to winning the war Was the bloodiest battle in United States History
  • Gettysburg Address: November 19, 1863
  • "...It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here so nobly advanced..."
  • The state purchased property for a proper burial of Union soldiers.
  • "...We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live..."
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