Gettysburg Battle A Turning Point Essay

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The Gettysburg Battle was the turning point in the war because each side experienced a serious event in which the Northern morale had boosted and Southerners are starting to back down and throw in the towel. Back in the 1860’s President Abraham Lincoln was elected the 16th president of the United States of America. This caused an uproar in many of the Southern states because they believed he would outlaw slavery. Then, several states seceded after a while to make the Confederacy. Each side soon entered a Civil War for different reasons, the North’s was to bring back the other half of America, and the South’s to become its own country. The Battle of Gettysburg was a three, grueling day battle between General Lee (South) and George Meade (North).…show more content…
You should do your duty in all things. You can never do more, you should never wish to do less.” Said General Lee. General Lee was an excruciatingly hard opponent and proud general of the South. The Gettysburg Battle was a major turning point because of the loss, even the proudest, most ambitious general they seem to have is trying to give in and be replaced. General was writing to the President of the Confederacy, President Davis, on July 4th and August 8th of 1863. Within the first letter is a short summary of the bad things happening to a handful of lower class generals and General Lee admitting that the South side looked to be diminishing at a fast pace.”But our own loss has not been light...Barksdale is killed...Garnet and Armistead missing...Kemper mortally wounded...Our losses embrace many other valuable officers and men.”. A once widely respected commander at the front of the battle line, to a desperate man realising he and his men are at a pitiful corner of defeat. The second letter contains the General committing to the president he is weak and must replaced because he could not fulfil his duty to his people.”I...request Your Excellency my place. No one is more aware than myself of my inability for the duties of my position.” General Lee could almost be seen getting down onto his very own two knees and pleading to the president that he wasn’t good
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