May 2, 2012
The Battle of Gettysburg
“Now we are engaged in a great civil war…” –Abraham Lincoln
Intriguingly, the deadly Battle of Gettysburg was one of the most impressive battles of the Civil War. Although an outrageous amount of soldiers lost their lives, the battle was a major turning point of the war. Fighting for what they believed, the Civil War put brother against brother, dividing a nation. On up to the battle, there were many disagreements that led to the causes of the Battle of Gettysburg. Outnumbered at times, which was not the best situation to be in, countless occurrences developed during the duration of the three short days of the battle. Multiple lives were lost. The outcomes and effects of the battle were detrimental, since so many lives were taken. From the causes, occurrences, and effects, the Battle of Gettysburg remains monumental.
As there were many causes that led to the Civil War, there were numerous causes that led to the Battle of Gettysburg. The Battle of Gettysburg became known as one of the most crucial battles of the Civil War, as the war continued. In the summer of 1863, the battle began in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Scavenging and searching for food and supplies, Robert E. Lee, who was the commander of the Confederate army, marched his troops to invade union territory. Dangerously scavenging for food, Lee was abruptly stopped by union forces which held him there till dusk. Ambushed by union troops, Lee faced 88,000 reinforcements led by General George Meade. “Under General George Meade, the army marched northward to intercept Lee, its movements limited by the need to protect Washington” (Compton). The
battle was set. Disagreement between the Union and the Confederates is just one of the causes that led to the Civil War and Gettysburg.
Surprisingly, the battle only took place over three short days full of many groundbreaking...
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