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Transcript of Gettysburg
General of the Confederate Army
Union soldiers Engaged: 82,289
Union soldier Casualties: 23,049
Percent of casualties: 28%
It started on July 1st, 1863 and prolonged for three days, ending on July 3rd
Adams County, PA
The Gettysburg Address is a speech given by Abraham Lincoln as a dedication of a portion of the Gettysburg battlefield as a cemetery. The Gettysburg Address essentially said the same thing as the famous orator Edward Everett's speech but in 1/60 the time.
Pickett's Charge was large and grand. Pickett's charge involved some 12,000 confederate soldiers, in a frontal assault on the Union lines. Although Pickett's charge was a very large assault but by no means the biggest, the charge at Franklin had 20,000 soldiers, and that isn't the biggest. The charge at Gaines' mill which involved 50,000 soldiers was one of the biggest. But Pickett's charge still failed even though they had lots of soldiers.
Robert E. Lee
General of Union Army
George G. Meade
He served during the Seminole War before retiring, when he was asked to be reinstated to the army, and was appointed as 2nd lieutenant in the Corp of Topographical Engineers. He served with the corps in New Jersey and Florida, Constructing breakwaters and lighthouses.
Born in Stratford Hall, Virginia, in his early years Lee secured an appointment at West Point, where he graduated 2nd in the class of 1829. He served 17yrs. as an officer in the Corps of Engineers. Service during the 1846 war with Mexico, however, changed that. From 1852 to 1855, Lee served as superintendent of West point.
During the battle
The battle began at 5:30am, Union troops retreated to high ground called Cemetery Ridge. Reinforcements arrived for both sides.
Southern Generals tried to dislodge Union forces from hills named Round To and Little Round top. the Union Army held their position under General Meade's command. Meade made the decision not to retreat that night
Lee made an order to attack. Confederates Started by firing nearly 140 cannons at the Union lines. Troops under General Pickett's command attacked the Union center position at Cemetery Ridge. Pickett's Charge failed.
Confederate soldiers Engaged: 75,000
Confederate soldier Casualties: 28,063
Percent of casualties: 37.4%
Total soldiers Engaged: 157,289
Total casualties: 51,112
Percent of total casualties: 32.5%
By: Nathan Wolshlager
On July 4th, Lee started a 27-mile-long train of hospital wagons down the road to Virginia. His army stopped at the flooded Potomac River and entrenched for another battle, but Meade's army was also exhausted and consumed great sums of it ammo, and They didn't pursue Lee's army, which they were criticized for. Meade remained in charge of the Union Army, for the rest of the war.
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Most of the battlefield places were nameless before the battle—there was no reason to name them. But the battle made a wheat field into The Wheat field and a peach orchard into The Peach Orchard.
The Battle of Gettysburg started without the knowledge or consent of either army commander -- Lee or Meade.
General George G. Meade was only in command for three days before the battle.
There are more than 1,400 monuments, markers and tablets at Gettysburg.
More than 30,000 dead and wounded soldiers were left in the battle's wake.