The Battle of Gettysburg

The Battle of Gettysburg

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  • 51,000 total casualties Union losses: 23,000 Confederate losses 28,000
  • July 1-3, 1863
  • General George C. Meade
  • General Robert E. Lee
  • This was one of the most important battles of the Civil War for the North. It marked a turning point for the Civil War.
  • For the North, General George C. Meade, and from the South, General Robert E. Lee
  • Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
  • After a series of wins in the South, Lee decided to make a second attack on the North. Both sides hoped this would be the final battle of the war.
  • Over the course of several days, Lee made several attacks, but the North stayed defensively strong. After three days of vicious fighting, Lee retreated. Meade waited too long to attack; Lee’s army was able to escape to Virginia.
  • Heavy fighting took place on farmland, in a peach orchard, and cemetery located in the town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
  • The Battle of Gettysburg is considered a Union victory. Heavy losses for the South meant that it could no longer attack the North. A cemetery was built and dedicated by Lincoln four months later.
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