July 1863 General Robert E. Lee, with an army of 75,000 and General George G. Meade, with an army of 97,000, unintentionally met up in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The Battle of Gettysburg lasted for three days but was by far the most devastating of any other battle ever fought in North America. The culmination of the Battle of Gettysburg is what is know as Pickett’s Charge, Major General George E. Pickett ordered 12,000 confederate soldiers to storm across an open field toward the Union center. The Confederate soldiers reached the Union line but failed to fold it. 6,800 Confederate soldiers died in a matter of 50 minutes. In total 51,000 casualties were counted over the course of this three day Gettysburg Battle.
Homes in the town of Gettysburg were overtaken by soldiers, but amazingly only one civilian was killed during the Battle. Since July 1863, this small town has become a reminder of not only the Battle of Gettysburg but also a reminder of the struggle our great nation grew from. Although the Civil War did not end un
til three years after the Battle of Gettysburg, most agree that the Confederate Army never recovered from this devastating blow. Certainly, Lee never launched an attack of that size again.
Civil War Information:
- Civil War Reenactment
- Gettysburg Address
- Gettysburg Battlefield
- Gettysburg National Military Park
- Picture Battle of Gettysburg
- Battlefield Museum Foundation
Before heading to Gettysburg check out:
The Killer Angels (1974) a historical novel by Michael Shaara that was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1975.This amazing narrative shares the story of the Battle of Gettysburg from various perspectives, providing the reader a rich insight into the history of our great nation.
Below is a helpful link of Civil War Book Reviews if you decide to read further about Gettysburg