The Battle Of Gettysburg : Why Was It A Turning Point?

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The Battle of Gettysburg: Why Was It a Turning Point? War is truly like hell. There is no doubt that any war is an evil one. It is the greatest catastrophe that can befall human beings. It brings death and destruction, merciless slaughter and butchery, disease, starvation and poverty in its wake. Though war brings all kinds of trouble, sometimes it can save a country. In 1861 a Civil War broke out in America. It started because of uncompromising differences between the free and slave states over the power of the national government to prohibit slavery in the territories that had not yet become states. The South then promptly seceded, and formed a new nation, the Confederate States of America. In the late spring of 1863, the Civil War was into its third year. Confederate General Robert E. Lee had just defeated a Union force twice its size. After a few months, Lee’s army was crossing the Potomac River about eighty miles northwest of Washington D.C. and was marching into southern Pennsylvania. The North was being invaded. Though every battle was important, the most significant one was the battle of Gettysburg. When the Union defeated the Confederacy in the battle of Gettysburg, it gave the Union a greater chance of winning the Civil War because it made the Confederates fear the Union. The Confederacy no longer attacked the Union in Northern territory, and the North now had more chances of reuniting the states that were once together. The battle of Gettysburg was a turning
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