The Battle Of Gettysburg

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  • 1. The Battle of Gettysburg
  • 2. The Battle of Gettysburg took place July 1 – 3 in 1863 The Battle of Gettysburg began accidentally. Two Confederate Brigades under the command of General Heth moved in to occupy the town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Little did they know, the town was already occupied by two Union Calvary Brigades commanded by General John Buford.
  • 3. Gettysburg is considered the bloodiest battle in the Civil War Battle of Gettysburg Casualties • 51,000 soldiers were 30,000 killed, wounded, missing 25,000 or captured : more than any Civil War battle 20,000 23,000 Union Casualties Number of Soldiers 15,000 3,155 killed 10,000 28,000 Confederate Casualties 4,708 killed 5,000 0 Men Lost Men Killed
  • 4. The Confederate Army decided to charge the middle of the Union defense. Though they did eventually force the Union to retreat to Cemetery Hill , they had lost many too men and were unable to claim the high ground or victory. This battle was considered to be a turning point in the Civil War leading to the Union’s victory
  • 5. Now, Gettysburg is a tourist attraction. People come from all over visit to walk the battlegrounds , see reenactments, and view memorials Reenactments are performed of the battle The Gettysburg Memorial Monument, built on the spot where Statue of General John Buford Lincoln gave his Gettysburg Address.
  • 6. 75 year after the Battle of Gettysburg, President F.D. Roosevelt dedicated a memorial on the battle’s anniversary . The Eternal Light Peace Memorial was placed on the site of where the Battle of Gettysburg began on July 1. The monument is a everlasting flame with an inscription reading : quot;Peace Eternal in a Nation Unitedquot;.
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