You're not going to want to fight anymore after this!
First Day of Battle - July 1st 1863
Hooker's Army Gathered Here
Lee's Army Gathered Here
Second Day of Battle - July 2nd 1863
Lets get 'em!
Little Round Top
General Joseph Hooker was appointed Commander of the Army of Potomac by President Lincoln. General Hooker led an attack on Fredricksburg against General E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson. After three days of fighting, Hooker retreated, and Stonewall Jackson was accidentally shot and killed by his own men. General Lee kept leading attacks on the North to try to break their will to fight and gathered his troops west of the town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania unaware that the Union Army was camped closer to town. A Confederate raiding party ran into the Union Army and shots were exchanged. Thus starting the Battle of Gettysburg
Pickett's Charge - July 3rd 1863
It's all my fault!
The Union soldiers regrouped at Cemetery Ridge and Culp's Hill because it was high ground. General Lee ordered an immediate attack on the Union soldiers but his orders weren't obeyed, and the Union was able to form a strong defensive line. Both armies prepared for battle the next day.
There's too many dead to bury properly
On the Second Day, Lee tried to capture Little Round Top to gain a good vantage point and be able to easily fire down on the Union soldiers. The fighting was bloody and brutal, and eventually, the Union soldiers forced the Confederates off the hill. The Confederates then started attacking Cemetery Ridge and Culp's Hill instead. They weren't able to capture Cemetery Hill, but were able to capture a few trenches on Culp's Hill.
The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract.
On the third day of battle, General Lee thought the union was weak enough for the Confederates to attack. He appointed General George Pickett to lead Pickett's Charge. The charge marched up to Cemetery Ridge to the Union line. They were heavily fired upon by the Union and many died or fell injured on the hill. The Confederates that were still standing had to retreat back down the hill before reaching the top. 7,500 Confederates died in Pickett's Charge.
The Battle of Gettysburg was extremely important to the civil war, as it was a turning point. A turning point is an event that changes the way a war is going. This battle is a turning point because the Union victory gave them more hope of winning to war, and the South never launched an attack on Northern soil again. Because of this battle, the South knows that they will have no foreign allies, because during this battle they asked Great Britain and France for help, but they refused. Confederates Dead: 28,063 Union Soldiers dead: 24,049
Abraham Lincoln gave a speech at the dedication ceremony for the Gettysburg Battlefield Cemetery called the Gettysburg Address. In the address, Lincoln praises the bravery of the Union Soldiers for the bloody battle and he renews his commitment to win the Civil War. Lincoln's speech reminded people of what they were fighting for, and many people were moved by the speech.