Battle Of Gettysburg Essay

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Calvin Casertano
Social Studies
April 28th, 2023 The Battle of Gettysburg The Battle of Gettysburg was a major battle in the Civil War, lasting from July 1st-July 3rd in 1863. This armed conflict involved the Confederates led by General Lee, and the Union Army, led by General Mead. This battle was one of the most bloody and major wars in history. It played an important role in the Civil War, and was considered the deciding factor in the Civil War.

The Battle of Gettysburg was fought around the town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, the war was named after the city of Gettysburg. The Confederate forces, led by General Lee, were all the way from Virginia, and marched straight into Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Lee led his Confederate forces into Pennsylvania …show more content…

The direct message of this speech was that ideals are worth dying for and that it is up to the living to carry on the work of those who died to protect ideals. “These dead shall not have died in vain,” spoken by Abraham Lincoln on November 19th, 1863.

35 miles from Harrison, Pennsylvania significant fighting was happening, the Battle of Gettysburg. So many soldiers were killed in this significant battle on both sides of the war. On the side of the Union Army, 3,155 dead, 14,529 wounded, and 5,365 missing. Overall, casualties totaled 23,059 for the Union Army during the Battle of Gettysburg. On the side of the Confederates, 3,905 dead, 18,735 wounded, and 5,425 missing. “Overall, casualties at Gettysburg totaled 28,063 for the Confederates.” (History.net)

Before the Battle of Gettysburg, General Robert Lee, the general for the Confederates had to prepare. Just days before the Battle of Gettysburg, General Robert Lee and the Confederates achieved a great victory over Union Forces at Chancellorsville. Lee split into 3 corps before the battle, the cavalry led by General Jeb …show more content…

“Brimming with confidence, Lee decided to go on the offensive and invade the North for a second time (the first invasion had ended at Antietam the previous fall).” (History.com) “On the Union side, President Abraham Lincoln had lost confidence in the Army of the Potomac’s commander, Joseph Hooker, who seemed reluctant to confront Lee’s army after the defeat at Chancellorsville.” (History.com) After, Abraham Lincoln put trust in Union Army’s leader George Meade, who led the Federals to victory. “Through a spy, Lee received a report that Hooker’s Army of the Potomac was at Frederick, Maryland, under a new commander, Gen. George G. Meade, who had just replaced Hooker.” (Brittanica.com)

This war was one of the bloodiest wars in history with many people dying. It was also the biggest war in America and took place in the town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The Battle of Gettysburg was a crushing defeat for the Confederates, but was a major victory for the Union Army, led by George Meade. When Robert Lee led his army into Pennsylvania, his army consisted of around 71,000

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