The Battle of Gettysburg
"The Turning Point of the Civil War"
Goerge Meade General Robert E. Lee
In 1863, the small town of Gettysburg Pennsylvania was awoken to the beginning of what was to be the turning point of the Civil War for the Union. It began as a small skirmish, but by its end it involved 160,000 Americans to which would become one of the bloodiest battles ever taken place on US soil. I chose this topic because the Civil War and its battles had a great influence on society not only in the past, but also in the present day. The Battle of Gettysburg was not only a turning point in the war, but was also the turning point for slaves in the US to be free.
From July 1st to July 3rd, 1863 the most famous and most important Civil War Battle took place in the small town of Gettysburg Pennsylvania.
The Confederates under Robert E. Lee advanced on the Union in hopes of taking either the major city of Philadelphia, Baltimore, or even Washington D.C. Union commander General George Meade was sent to make sure none of this would happen.
On the first day, July 1st , the shooting started when a Confederate brigade, searching for badly needed shoes, ran into the Union cavalry near Gettysburg on the (The Battle of Gettysburg: World Book). After fierce fighting and heavy casualties on both sides, the Union were pushed through town, and regrouped on the south side of town along the high ground near the cemetery. Once there the Union formed a strong defensive position that resembled that of a fishhook. After reinforcements had arrived the Union position was three miles long. Meanwhile the Confederate troops occupied Gettysburg and Seminary Ridge to the west. Lee did not dig...