Topics: American Civil War, Battle of Gettysburg, Robert E. Lee Pages: 3 (873 words) Published: December 4, 2013

Battle of Gettysburg
"Battle of Gettysburg." History.com. A&E Television Networks, 2013. Web. 25 Sept.2013.http:// www.history.com/topics/battle-of-gettysburg
This article contains information on the three day bloody battle of Gettysburg, where Robert E. Lee’s overconfident Confederate Army strived to take down the Unions’. “In May 1863, Robert E. Lee’s Confederate Army of Northern Virginia had scored a smashing victory over the Army of the Potomac at Chancellorsville” (History.com). However, President Abraham Lincoln succeeded the Army of Potomac’s commander James Hooker and Major General George Gordon Meade took over. “Meade immediately ordered the pursuit of Lee’s army of 75,000, which by then had crossed the Potomac River into Maryland and marched into southern Pennsylvania” (History.com).

On July first, Lee assembled his army in the town of Gettysburg. When the find two Union cavalry brigades had arrived the previous day, as the bulk of both armies headed towards Gettysburg, Confederate forces drove Federal defenders to Cemetery Hill. Ewell declined to order an attack that Lee wanted on Cemetery Hill. “By dusk, a union corps under Winfield Scott Hancock had arrived and extended the defensive line along Cemetery Ridge to the hill known as Little Round Top; three more Union corps arrived overnight to strengthen its defenses”(History.com).

Around 4 p.m. on July second the confederates opened fire on the Union corps. Bloody fighting occurred over the next several hours. The Federals were able to hold Little Round Top but lost the orchard and Devil’s Den. “Both armies suffered extremely heavy losses on July second, with 9,000 or more casualties on each side”(History.com)

July third, the final day of the Battle of Gettysburg, started with the Union forces pushing back a Confederate threat against Culp’s Hill after a seven-hour firefight and regained their strong position. Three divisions were then sent against the Union center on Cemetery Ridge. Lee...
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