To What Extent Was The Battle Of Gettysburg A Turning Point Dbq

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Claren Comia
Mrs. Pierce
History
Period 1
4/11/23
The Battle of Gettysburg Screams of pain and discomfort could be heard from distances, miles, away. Of bloodshed and cries of help. Bullets flying and troops falling. However, shouts of strength and determination could be heard too. Most people when they hear “The Battle of Gettysburg '', they think of bloodshed or President Lincolns’ Gettysburg Address, yet, never think of the impact it caused for the Civil war and the turning point it opened up. The Battle of Gettysburg was a turning point in the Civil war, for reasons such as casualties, opportunities and disadvantages, and choices. A reason as to why The Battle of Gettysburg was a turning point in the Civil war was because of casualties …show more content…

On the Hook Doc, we could see on the war map that the Union side was mostly on higher ground or hills, while the Confederate side was on ground point. The advantage to this was that, by being on higher ground, it was less likely to be shot and easier to shoot, thus giving the Union side an advantage. We could also see that on Doc C, Robert E. Lee had requested to be replaced. Thus meaning that the Gettysburg battle had weakened the Confederate side, as it only strengthened the Union side. On Doc B, we could see that the Confederate side lost so much during the Gettysburg battle that in December of the same year, the Union side had 640,000 more men, putting the Southern or Confederate side at a staggering disadvantage. As a result, advantage and disadvantages between parties could play a factor in which the Battle of Gettysburg was a turning point in the Civil …show more content…

On doc A, we could see that the Confederates had chosen to invade into Northern territory or Gettysburg, PA. Though we could see that, that has happened twice already in Perryville, KY and Richmond, VA, there's a difference in it and it is that it was a Confederate campaign, KY and VA were Union campaigns. The choice of invading Gettysburg could of been a reason to why the Battle of Gettysburg was a turning point in the Civil war was because if they stayed away from there then that could of prevented the loss of so many soldiers on the Confederates side, as well as still giving them the advantage. On Doc D, President Lincoln made a choice of going to Gettysburg to help dedicate a national soldiers’ cemetery. Of course, like many others, he could have rejected the invitation, however, he took a train from Washington DC to Gettysburg. He gave his Gettysburg Address, which only helped strengthen the Union side with hope. With the support of the people, it strengthens the community around. Therefore, choices made could be a reason as to why The Battle of Gettysburg was a turning point in the Civil

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