The Battle of Gettysburg





1.The name of the battle is the battle of Gettysburg.
2.The battle lasted form july 1st to july 3rd, 1863.
3.The battle took place in Adam's county Gettysburg.
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4.General Robert E. Lee was in charge of the confederate army and general George G. Meade wasin charge of the union army.
5.there were roughly 158,300 total soldiers at the battle. 83,239 of them accompanied the union army and 75,054 accomapied the confederate army.
6 General, robber E. lee, led his army north hoping to reach Harrisburg or even Philadelphia to try and influence northern politicians to give up prosecution of the war. Assigned by President Lincoln, union general, George G. Meade led the pursuit of the confederate army. It was in Adam’s county Gettysburg where the two armies collided. The union primarily defended the northwest of town, However after the union was reinforced with two corps (an administrative grouping of troops within an armed force) two larger confederate corps attacked them, breaking the union line defense and sending them through the streets of towns and up to hills in the south.
During the second day of battle, the union stood their fishhook formation and lee attacked their right and left flank in a profound manner. Regardless their immense losses, the union defenders held their line.
On the third and last day of the battle, fighting continued at Culp’s Hill. However it was at Cemetery Ridge where it ended after 12,500 confederates attacked the center of the union line and the union conquered them by rifle and artillery fire. The union had won the battle of Gettysburg!
7. The union line ran form Culp’s Hill then south for about two miles along cemetery ridge, stopping north of round top. The union formation created a shape popularly described as a fishhook. The confederate line ran parallel to the union line for about a mile ad ran east through town then curved southeast to a point opposite of Culp’s Hill. Lee's battle plan for July 2, called Longstreet's First Corps positioned itself facing northeast astraddle the Emmitsburg Road, and to roll up the union line using an echelon formation. His intension for this attack was to prevent the union’s troops from shifting from the center to the left.
Instead of moving beyond the union’s left and attacking their flank, Longstreet's left division attacked one of the union’s corps in their path. Meade then sent for reinforcements. Lee’s plan was ruined after the union moved more east than was anticipated, losing its alignment with the
Emmetsburg Road. So fighting continued at Devil's Den and Little Round Top, an important hill at the utmost left of the Union line.
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8.It was the furthest North that Confederate forces invaded. If the Union had lost, the Confederates would have been able to march on Washington DC fairly well unrestricted. The losses of men and material hindered the South for the remainder of the war. The Union was well prepared to replace any materials that were lost and were in a better position to replace troops.
9.there were 51,000 total casualties; 23,000 for the union and 28,000 for the union.
10.The battle of Gettysburg was the first major victory for the north. The confederates lost a nice chunk of their already tiny army, and the north’s victory effectively stopped Lee from invading the north.














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Soldiers were hastily buried in shallow, mass graves after the battle of Gettysburg. It was necessary to exhume and transfer them into the new cemetery, a process that was carefully and respectfully done in the winter of 1863-1864








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RECOURCES!
http://www.nps.gov/history/hps/abpp/battles/bystate.htm



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Gettysburg
























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