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During the Battle of Gettysburg Robert E. Lee expected to once strike hard, scaring away the Union Army, but he was facing the "elite" Potomac Army.
On July 1, the first day of the Gettysburg battle, the two armies maneuvered for position by the end of the day, Northern troops had been pushed from west and north of Gettysburg, they settled into a strong defensive location on high ground south of the town.
Lee hoped to crush the Union position on Cemetery Ridge by striking at both sides of the ridge at the same time. But the Union Army put up fierce resistance all along Cemetery Ridge and down to Little Round Top, so Lee ordered Longstreet to lead an attack on the Union left. Although his orders were to attack as early in the day as possible, Longstreet didn’t get his men into position until 4 pm.
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July 3, 1863, General Robert E. Lee planned too bombard the union and then make the charge, so “Pickett’s Charge” went forward around 3 pm, after an artillery bombardment by some 150 Confederate guns. Fewer than 15,000 troops, led by a division under George Pickett, would be tasked with marching some three-quarters of a mile across open fields to attack dug-in Union infantry positions.
To sum up, the Battle of Gettysburg was a crushing defeat for the South and also irrevocably turned the tide of the Civil War in the Union’s favor. Of 88,000 Northern troops, the casualties numbered about 23,000, with more than 3,100 killed. As for the 75,000 confederates, there were between 20,000 and 28,000 casualties, with more than 4,500 dead.
On November 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln delivered a short speech at the end of the ceremonies dedicating the battlefield cemetery at Gettysburg. Lincoln also made a short but moving and powerfull speech, which was later named the "Gettysburg Address".
These dead shall not have died in vain!
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