The Battle Of Gettysburg By Robert E. Lee

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The Battle Of Gettysburg was fought from July 1st to July 3rd in 1863. It is considered as the most important engagement of the Civil War. After General Robert E. Lee was victorious against Union Forces, he marched his forces into Pennsylvania in June 1863. On July 1st confederates clashed with the Union’s Army of the Potomac, commanded by General George G. Meade at Gettysburg. On the next day there was even heavier fighting as the confederates attacked the federals on their left and right.
The assault, known as “Pickett’s Charge,” managed to pierce the Union lines but eventually failed, at the cost of thousands of rebel casualties, and Lee was forced to withdraw his battered army toward Virginia on July 4. In 1863, Robert E. Lee’s Confederate Army of Northern Virginia had scored a smashing victory over the Army of the Potomac at Chancellorsville. Brimming with confidence, Lee decided to go on the offensive and invade the North for a second time (the first invasion had ended at Antietam the previous fall). In addition to bringing the conflict out of Virginia and diverting northern troops from Vicksburg, where the Confederates were under siege, Lee hoped to gain recognition of the Confederacy by Britain and France and strengthen the cause of northern “Copperheads” who favored peace. Abraham Lincoln had lost confidence in the Army of the Potomac’s commander, Joseph Hooker, who seemed reluctant to confront Lee’s army after the defeat at Chancellorsville. On June 28, Lincoln…

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