The Battle-Field of Gettysburg
The Battle of Gettysburg, July 1-3, 1863
"Gen. Robert E. Lee concentrated his full strength against Maj. Gen. George G. Meade’s Army of the Potomac at the crossroads county seat of Gettysburg at what would come to be known as the Battle of Gettysburg. On July 1, Confederate forces converged on the town from west and north, driving Union defenders back through the streets to Cemetery Hill. During the night, reinforcements arrived for both sides. On July 2, Lee attempted to envelop the Federals, first striking the Union left flank at the Peach Orchard, Wheatfield, Devil’s Den, and the Round Tops with Longstreet’s and Hill’s divisions, and then attacking the Union right at Culp’s and East Cemetery Hills with Ewell’s divisions. By evening, the Federals retained Little Round Top and had repulsed most of Ewell’s men. During the morning of July 3, the Confederate infantry were driven from their last toe-hold on Culp’s Hill. In the afternoon, after a massive artillery bombardment, Lee attacked the Union center on Cemetery Ridge. The Pickett-Pettigrew assault (more popularly, Pickett’s Charge) momentarily pierced the Union line but was driven back with severe casualties. Stuart’s cavalry attempted to gain the Union rear but was repulsed. On July 4, Lee began withdrawing his army toward Williamsport on the Potomac River, thus concluding the Battle of Gettysburg. His train of wounded stretched more than fourteen miles."
Quoted from "The Battle of Gettysburg, July 1-3, 1863," The Civil War Trust, http://www.civilwar.org/battlefields/gettysburg.html?gclid=COeN4bq2pKsCFYlM4AodOX2L1w
Title: The Battle-Field of Gettysburg
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Entered according to act of Congress in the year 1867 by L.N. Rosenthal in the clerks office of District Court of the United States in and for the Eastern District of Pennsylvannia.
Battle of Gettysburg, July 1-3, 1863. Union victoryView full details.