Battle of Gettysburg

Battle of Gettysburg

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  • I was put in charge of the Army of the Potomac by Lincoln himself, we will never surrender because we have God on our side!
  • We are winning this battle, and when we are done here we will march North to Gettysburg to defeat the weak Union!
  • Oh no! General Jackson, I didn't mean to shoot him!
  • Our larger Confederate forces have pushed you all the way back through Gettysburg!
  • Retreat men to Cemetery Hill! We will have a better defensive position from the higher ground. 
  • From this position we are able to hold off the Confederates!
  • Whoever has control of Little Round Top wins this battle!
  • Retreat back to Cemetery Hill!
  • April 30- May 6, 1863 the battle of Chancellorsville was fought. General E. Lee who was "praised by many for his tactical brilliance"(3) and his trusted general Stonewall Jackson led the confederate troops. General Joseph Hooker led the Union troops and held up their defense for 3 days.  It was a major Confederate victory and motivated them to push farther North.
  • This is a suicide mission!
  • We have the better defensive position, they are bound to lose soon!
  • We will never regain the military strength we had here at Gettysburg.
  • On July 1, 1863 the first day of the battle of Gettysburg took place. It started when a raiding party of General Lee's men unexpectedly came across a group of Union soldiers where the first shots were fired. Lee didn't know the Union soldiers were that close to Gettysburg because he suffered from lack of enemy information. 
  • Say goodbye to your attempt at seeking help from other Nations!
  • The Union CAN and WILL win this war!
  • ...The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here...
  • July 2, 1863 was the second day of the Battle of Gettysburg. Both sides fought fiercely for the Control of Little Round Top because it gave them superior advantage against the other side. It was very brutal  where " The blood stood in puddles in some places in the rocks"(5). The Confederates lost and retreated back to Cemetery Hill where they lost again.
  • He's doing a great job of acknowledging the dedication of the Union soldiers.
  • We win this battle and maintain control of Little Round top with our superior defense!
  • July 3, 1863 was the third day of the Battle of Gettysburg and the day of Pickett's Charge. The Confederates believed that the Union forces were greatly battered and weakened. General Pickett lead a large force of "15,000 men"(5) to the center of Cemetery Hill. They "marched up for a mile toward Cemetery Ridge under heavy fire"(5) from the Union. There were 7,500 Confederate casualties and 1,500 Union casualties. 
  • They are weak and are bound to break, keep marching on!
  • The battle of Gettysburg is important because it was a major turning point in the war. A turning point is a time at which a decisive change in a situation occurs. It was a turning point because "the Union victory placed the Confederacy on the defensive and ended Gen. Robert E. Lee’s most ambitious attempt to invade Union territory"(1). It also brought "devastation to the residents of Gettysburg" because "every farm field or garden was a graveyard"(4).
  • After the war Lincoln gave the Gettysburg address and is "remembered as one of the most important speeches in American history"(2). Lincoln's address "redefined the Civil War as a struggle not just for the Union, but also for the principle of human equality" (2). He also made the Gettysburg Battlefield Cemetery which is located around where Pickett's charge was at Cemetery hill and is a "resting place for more than 3,500 Union soldiers killed "(4) in the battle.   
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