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The Union and Confederate both camped outside of Gettysburg without knowing of each others presence.
July 1st 1868, Union and Confederate raiding parties ran into each other in Gettysburg which started the battle. The Union took a defensive position on Cemetery Ridge and both sides called for reinforcements for a battle the next day.
July 2nd, Both sides fought vigorously for Little Round Top because of the height advantage. The Union ended up pushing the Confederate back. The Confederate then focused on Culps Hill and Cemetery Ridge.
July 3rd, Lee ordered a charge led by General George Pickett almost a mile uphill to try to reach the Union soldiers. Half of the 15,000 men died and Lee ordered a retreat. General Meade did not attack the Confederate during their retreat which Lincoln thought could have ended the war.
The Battle of Gettysburg was very important as it changed the tides in favor of the Union. In total 50,000 soldiers died. The Confederate would never attack in the North again and Cotton Diplomacy failed.
The Gettysburg Address was a speech given by Abraham Lincoln at the Gettysburg Battlefield Cemetery. In the speech he praised the Union soldiers for their bravery, renewed his commitment to winning the Civil War, and he focused on equality.
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