Why Was Gettysburg A Turning Point Research Paper

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How the United States was Formed Some people may believe that the Battle of Gettysburg was not a turning point in the Civil War was not a turning point, however, there are many reasons why it is. Back in 1863, the Civil War was on its third year. General Robert E. Lee had started to march his army up to attack the North and President Abraham Lincoln noticed this. He decided to switch his general to general Meade and they all began to prepare for battle. The main question that has been asked throughout this time was,” Why was the Battle of Gettysburg a turning point?” Some words that were defined was battle (a fight), Gettysburg (a city in Pennsylvania), and turning point (where events change dramatically change). There are multiple ways the…show more content…
It was a wakeup call to basically the entire country to come together and remember those who fought in the war. This also resembled the prize of freedom. In the document D it says,” But, in larger sense, we can not dedicate - we can not consecrate – we can not hallow – this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it far above our poor power to add or detract.” Another example states,” That this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom and that government of the people, by the people, of the people, shall not perish from the earth.” Again, this was a wakeup call for the entire country. People didn’t really know what was happening in the war. Also, like it said, Abraham Lincoln wanted us to remember the soldiers that fought in the war but not only that, but to bring us back together as a country. The question again that has been asked was “Why was the Battle of Gettysburg a turning point?” The reason why it was was because of the casualties, the letters from Robert E. Lee, and the Gettysburg Address. I believe the reason why it was a turning point was because the Union was bigger and stronger and well prepared and that General Lee gave up and that Abraham Lincoln wanted us to remember the soldiers and bring our country back
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