The Battle Of Gettysburg + Bonus Books For Sale
The Battle of Gettysburg
A Comprehensive Narrative
By Jessee B. Young, 1913
463 pages, Illustrated, Indexed, Searchable
- Bonus Book –
Lee and Longstreet
At High Tide
Gettysburg In the Light
Of the Official Records
By Helen D. Longstreet, 1904
346 pages, Illustrated, Indexed, Searchable
Pickett and His Men
By LaSalle Corbell Pickett, 1900
439 pages, Indexed, Searchable
What They Did Here
Profusely Illustrated Guide Book
By Luther Minnigh, 1920
154 pages, Illustrated, Searchable
Historic Views of Gettysburg
Illustrations in Half tone of
All The Important Views and
By J. I. Mumper, 1922
65 pages, Illustrated, Searchable
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The Battle of Gettysburg was the
largest of the war. Starting as a chance meeting engagement on July 1, the
Confederates were initially successful in driving Union cavalry and two
infantry corps from their defensive positions, through the town, and onto Cemetery
Hill. On July 2, with most of both armies now present, Lee launched fierce
assaults on both flanks of the Union defensive line, which were repulsed with
heavy losses on both sides.
On July 3, Lee focused his attention on
the Union center. The defeat of his massive infantry assault, Pickett's Charge,
caused Lee to order a retreat that began the evening of July 4.
On the third day of battle, July 3,
fighting resumed on Culp's Hill, and cavalry battles raged to the east and
south, but the main event was a dramatic infantry assault by 12,500
Confederates against the center of the Union line on Cemetery Ridge, known as
Pickett's Charge. The charge was repulsed by Union rifle and artillery fire, at
great losses to the Confederate army. Lee led his army on a torturous retreat
back to Virginia. Between 46,000 and 51,000 soldiers from both armies were
casualties in the three-day battle.
The Confederate retreat to Virginia was
plagued by bad weather, difficult roads, and numerous skirmishes with Union
cavalry. However, Meade's army did not maneuver aggressively enough to prevent
the Army of Northern Virginia from crossing the Potomac to safety on the night
of July 13–14.
That November, President Lincoln used the dedication ceremony for
the Gettysburg National Cemetery to honor the fallen Union soldiers and
redefine the purpose of the war in his historic Gettysburg Address.
Gettysburg became a postbellum focus of the "Lost
Cause", a movement by writers such as Edward A. Pollard and Jubal Early to
explain the reasons for the Confederate defeat in the war. A fundamental
premise of their argument was that the South was doomed because of the overwhelming
advantage in manpower and industrial might possessed by the North.
However, they claim it also suffered because Robert E. Lee, who up
until this time had been almost invincible, was betrayed by the failures of
some of his key subordinates at Gettysburg: Ewell, for failing to seize
Cemetery Hill on July 1; Stuart, for depriving the army of cavalry intelligence
for a key part of the campaign; and especially Longstreet, for failing to
attack on July 2 as early and as forcefully as Lee had originally intended. In
this view, Gettysburg was seen as a great lost opportunity, in which a decisive
victory by Lee could have meant the end of the war in the Confederacy's favor.
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