Battle of Gettysburg

Battle of Gettysburg
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  • To the town of Gettysburg troops. Lets win this war!!
  • NO, we are invincible!
  • Lets attack the left side.
  • General Hooker was commander of the Union army of the Potomac. He ordered his troops to form a flank, but retreated after 3 days. General Robert E. Lee was the Confederate leader, and his goal was to break the Norths will to fight. Stonewall Jackson was one of Lees trusted generals, but was accidentally shot by his own troops and died few days later. Wanting to end this war would lead them to the town of Gettysburg, a thriving yet small industry.
  • FIRE!!!!!
  • The first day of Gettysburg started when Confederate and Union forces began exchanging fire. By the end of the day the Union made a flank along cemetery ridge, in the shape of a 'fishhook'. Their Position was strong and impossible to overrun. General Longstreet believed that the confederates could make a defensive position more east but, lee disagreed. 
  • So many casualties...
  • The second day, lee ordered a attack on the left side of the Unions defense line. Confederates fought hard for control of Little Round Top, which Union was in control of. Fighting was fierce, but eventually Union forced Confederates to pull back. They then attacked cemetery ridge and Culp's hill again. The assault was unsuccessful though. By the end of the day the Union still held a good defensive line.
  • Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live.
  • Lee thought Union forces were battered and ready to break. Confederates shelled Cemetery Ridge, firing cannons at the Union forces, assuming the Union was damaged, but they were the ones showered with cannons. This was known as Pickett's charge, a massive attack against the center of the Union lines on the third day of Gettysburg. It was the last time Lee threatened North territory.
  • The Union lost over 23,000 and the Confederacy lost over 28,000 soldiers in the battle of Gettysburg. This battle was a turning point in the Civil War; a turning point is a big change in a situation that that may end beneficial. The victory made the north believe they could win. The Confederates never again reached the military strength they held at Gettysburg, yet the Civil War raged on for two more years.   
  • Abraham Lincoln the sixteenth president gives a speech, the Gettysburg Address. This speech praised the bravery of the union soldiers and renewed commitment to winning the civil war. This reminded everyone why the war was being fought. Gettysburg cemetery is now the final resting place for many soldiers and numerous monuments stand to commemorate union and confederate soldiers.
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