Battle of Gettysburg

Battle of Gettysburg

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  • Even though Confederate general Stonewall Jackson was killed at Fredericksburg, southern General Robert .E. Lee still was able to defeat Union general Joseph Hooker, and marched his forces to Pennsylvania and settled just west of Gettysburg.
  • Not realizing how close they were camped to each other, on July 1st, 1863, the Confederates met the Union while raiding the town of Gettysburg for supplies and started firing upon each other. The confederates had more forces and pushed the Union back into a defensive position on Cemetery Ridge. The Confederates camped and called more troops.
  • ATTACK!!!
  • The next morning, on July 2nd, 1863, General Lee tried to capture Little Round Top. Both sides battled for it, the Confederates taking a lot of casualties. Eventually the Union gained control of the hill. This gave them a great defensive position, so the Confederates decided to attack Cemetery Ridge, which was unsuccessful, and Culp's Hill, where they only inflicted a little damage. They did however inflict some damage on culp's hill. They managed to grab a few battle trenches by killing the Union soldiers inside. The Union still however held strong until nightfall .
  • Darn, they got Little Round Top!
  • Aha. We now have Little Round Top, and a huge advantage!
  • Pickett's Charge took place on July 3rd, 1863, the following day. Confederate General Lee decided to attack the middle of the Union's forces, ignoring General Longstreet, who told him not to fight. Sure enough, the middle was poorly defended. There was only 5750 Union soldiers on Cemetery Ridge. The whole mission was broke into three divisions, about 15,000 soldiers in total, the biggest led by General Pickett. They marched up Cemetery Ridge for a mile, taking huge losses from heavy Union fire from the top of the hill,  and had to retreat. In total, there was about 7,500 Confederate deaths.
  • RETREAT!!!
  • The Battle of Gettysburg was a bloody battle. There was over 50,000 deaths in total. The Union had a total of 3,155 dead, 14,529 wounded, and 5,365 missing. The Confederates had 3,903 deaths, 18,735 wounded, and 5,425 missing. After battle Lee would never attack in N again. It started a series of N wins. This battle was a turning point( a point in which a significant change occurs) in the war. This battle decided Britain and France would not support Confederacy. After battle southern hopes were shattered with dreams of cotton diplomacy.
  • Well, there goes our hopes of cotton diplomacy.
  • Four and a half months after the Battle of Gettysburg ended, on November 19, 1863, the president at the time, Abraham Lincoln, gave a short but meaningful speech at the Gettysburg Battle Cemetery. In the speech, Lincoln praised the bravery of the Union soldiers, renewed his commitment towards winning the war, and said the war was being fought for the ideas of liberty, equality, and democracy, that were outlined in the Declaration of independence.
  • Four score 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.
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