Gettysburg A Turning Point Dbq Analysis

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The Battle of Gettysburg was July 1 - July 3, 1863 in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The Battle of Gettysburg was a game changer in the Civil War for 3 reasons: the geography, morale, and losses. The first reason Gettysburg was a turning point-or game changer- was because the Confederates lost a lot of men. The Confederates lost about 34% of their men (Document B.) The Union now outnumbered the Confederacy so they had a better chance of winning (Document B.) THe loses of the Confederates help explain why Gettysburg was a turning point in the Civil War. The 2nd reason Gettysburg was a turning point was because of the geography or location of the war. Robert E. lee took the battle to the North . (Document A) Lee did this to surprise the North because most of the war was fought in the South. However, his attempt was unsuccessful because the confederates lost and were now outnumbered. (Document A) This is why geography contributed to Gettysburg being a game changer in the Civil War.…show more content…
Robert E. Lee lost his will to fight. Lee wrote a letter to Jefferson Davis (Confederate President) telling him that he was dissatisfied with himself. (Document C) This letter was written August 8, 1863, AFTER the Battle of Gettysburg. (Document C) This is proving that Lee was ready to surrender after Gettysburg. Morale was a major factor as to why Gettysburg was a turning point. The Battle of Gettysburg was a game changer in the Civil War because of it’s geography, morale, and losses. Geography because it was fought in the North. Morale because Robert E. Lee didnt want to fight anymore. Losses because the South lost more soldiers than the north. For these reasons Gettysburg was a major turning point in the Civil
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