Gettysburg: The Turning Point in the Struggle Between North and South

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In June 1863, General Robert E. Lee and the 75,000-strong Army of Northern Virginia launched a second invasion of the North, crossing into Maryland and Pennsylvania to try to win a decisive victory over Federal forces. On July 1, Lee's army encountered Major General Meade's 90,000-strong Army of the Potomac at the small town of Gettysburg. After some initial success in dispersing the Federal advance guard, Lee launched attack after attack against the main army, but everywhere the Union line held. On July 3, Lee ordered a final assault of 12,500 Confederates at the center of the Union line, known as Pickett's Charge. The charge was repulsed with huge loss of life, bringing the battle to an end. Lee's gamble didn't pay off, leaving his army fatally weakened and unable to continue its invasion of the North. Today, Gettysburg is recognized as a key turning point in the Civil War. Gettysburg is divided into seven chapters, outlining the campaign, the fighting on July 1, July 2, and July 3, as well as the aftermath; two further chapters provide biographical background of the main Federal and Confederate leaders who fought in the battle. Through letters, journal entries, and official reports, the book includes numerous first-hand accounts from those who survived. Including more than 200 archival photographs, illustrations, and maps, Gettysburg is an accessible guide to one of the iconic battles of the great struggle between North and South. Includes more than 200 archival photographs, artworks, and maps illustrating the main actions and leading characters that took part in the three-day battle Numerous first-hand accounts, including letters, official reports, and personal documents, provide real insight into the experiences of the soldiers and civilians who lived through the battle

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