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

Gettysburg:

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

Historical Places

By J. I. Mumper, 1922

65 pages, Illustrated, Searchable

Descriptive Key to the Painting of

Longstreet's Repulse at Gettysburg

By John Bachelder, 1870

111 pages, 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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