Did Baldy Ewell lose the Battle of Gettysburg

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Who Lost the Battle of Gettysburg?

The Civil War was a significant turning point in American and World History. It abolished slavery in the United States and led to other racial revolutions around the world. The Civil War was fought to hold the union together but Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation freed slaves in the United States. The North needed the South for its agricultural benefits, and the South needed slavery to help maintain its economy. In order to save the Southern economy, the South succeeded from the Union. However, the North didn't allow the South to succeed because cotton and tobacco were valuable exports around the world. The Civil War was a winnable war for the Confederate South until the fateful battle of Gettysburg. Gettysburg is the high water mark of the Confederate Army. Also, it was a turning point of the war where the Union soldiers finally gained steam in their conquest for freedom and unity.

Aside from the battle of Antietam, Gettysburg is the most lengthy and costly battle of the Civil War. Who lost the battle of Gettysburg? Richard "Baldy" Ewell, an egotistical Confederate general may be to blame for the severe Confederate loss at Gettysburg and maybe for loosing the entire war. What factors attributed to Baldy's irreversible decisions?

The battle of Gettysburg started because a large number of Confederate soldiers were barefoot. (Clark, Champ) Confederate Major General Henry Heth was aware that the small rural town of Gettysburg housed a large number of shoes but he also knew that the beating of drums indicated the presence of infantry. Heth knew that there was a risk of battle so he asked his commanding officer, Lt. Gen. A.P. Hill if he could advance despite the risk of a battle(Clark, Champ). Hill accepted and so General Heth, Brigadier...