Gettysburg: Turning Point Of The War Essay

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Gettysburg: The Turning Point of the War

On July 1, 1863, the Union Army of the Potomac engaged the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia which had advance into the north. This would be the battle of all battles; it would be the bloodiest battle of the Civil War. Three days of warfare resulted in a Union victory at the cost was 51,000 American casualties. The Southern reason for rebellion was to break away from the Union and become a separate country, the Confederate States of America. Up to this point the rebels were winning battles with the successful leadership of their Southern generals. The Union was in trouble; their armies were getting beaten even while out numbering and being better supplied than their foes. The North, by
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The Confederate army had been doing what was needed. By repelling the Union armies out of the South the Confederacy lived. After two years the South had been doing a good job. President Lincoln and the American people loyal to the Union were not happy about how the war to restore the Union was going. Lincoln did not know what to do. He had already gone through many generals because they could not get the results the country needed. As the years of war continued, the Northern people were tired of the fighting and showed it; the enlistment numbers were getting lower every day. Many working-class men raised the slogan, "It's a rich man's war but a poor man fight." (Davis p.231) Lincoln and the Union were in a bad situation. Now Lincoln replaced the commanding general, Joseph Hooker, with General George Meade. Lincoln was not pleased with the ground that Hooker had attempted to gain. Meade had "been long enough in the war to want to give the Confederates one thorough licking before any peace is made." (Beringer p. 261) Lincoln on Meade. General Meade might be a solution to Hooker's disappointment. The President still had a problem with the manpower needed to fight the war. The Enrollment Act of Conscription passed on March 3, 1863. This resulted in anger and protests; few wanted to fight an endless war. The Union's prospects looked grim in its ability to win the war.
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