The Battle of Gettysburg: The Turning Point of the Civil War

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The Battle of Gettysburg the Turning Point of the Civil War Was the Battle of Gettysburg a sufficient enough victory to actually turn the tide of the Civil War? Was three days of fighting enough to make that much of an impact on a war that lasted two more years after this famous battle? Well that is what I will be discussing in this paper. I will be going over each day of the battle and how they ultimately led to a Union victory and a turning point in the Civil War. Day one, July 1, 1863, was the start of what some would figure just to be another battle of this lengthy war, but it proved to be a stepping stone on the path of victory for the Union. Confederate and Union forces collided on the first day on the outskirts of Gettysburg. The…show more content…
4). So, the plan was for General Longstreet to basically pull the wool over the eyes of the Union by moving away to throw them off as to what their course of action actually was. Once Longstreet finally got into position to start his attack, it was late in the afternoon. The numerous attack points the Confederates have selected, forced the Union forces to keep sending reinforcements to different parts of the line they held. In doing this, the Confederates were able to stretch out the Northern Army’s defense leaving holes in their position. After several hours of battle, the Union was finally able to turn around the last Confederate troops before night fall upon the once peaceful town of Gettysburg. Day three, of the battle, was important and also led to a Union victory. On this day we see a stellar defense by the Union soldiers and the famous Confederate attack known as “Pickett’s Charge”. The fighting started quite early in the morning where it left off the night prior, on Culp’s Hill. It was not really intense until around mid day, when the July sun was beating down on the Soldiers. Catton (1974) stated, “and then suddenly, the great tension snapped” (p. 74). The Confederates started a bombardment of artillery fire towards the Union positions on Culp and Cemetery Hills. The Confederate artillery shot was incredible and suppose to be devastating. Catton (1974) stated, there was a long
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