Causes Of The Battle Of Gettysburg

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July 2, 1863. We have been fighting for two days now. Some of the men have been talking about deserting; I might join them. This war has been going on for too long. The south is still trying to take Gettysburg and has been quite successful. They drove us from the south of the town all the way through and out the back. They have been relentless in the attacks. I don’t know how much longer we can hold out. Leading up to the Battle of Gettysburg, General Richard Ewell clears the Shenandoah Valley of Union forces on June 14-15, 1863. As Lee made his way up north the Union was getting tired of fighting and really felt like giving up. The south had renewed interest due to the fact they were finally taking the fight to the north. Now many people see …show more content…
April 13-15, Battle of Morrisville, this battle took place 4 days after the confederacy surrendered at the Appomattox Court House. Sure news traveled slow back then, Battle of Columbus, April 16 the Confederacy is still fighting. They obviously either didn’t get the news or they are not giving up. Now the biggest shock is not the fact that the union won both those battles, but on May 12-13 at the Battle of Palmito Ranch the confederacy won. They had to have gotten the news of the surrender by then right? That was the last recorded battle of the Civil War and it ended in a confederate victory. The confederacy may have lost a huge battle at Gettysburg, but you can’t call it a turning point in the Civil War when the South keeps fighting for ten months after the battle. They fight the north for over a month after the surrender at Appomattox Court House. The loss at Gettysburg hurt them, but didn’t change anything right …show more content…
The only thing that was different about the Battle of Gettysburg is the fact that the South was on the offensive deep into the North. They lost and the fighting continued into the south. There was no real change in the course of the war. Now if the South had won the Battle of Gettysburg it would be a turning event of the Civil War; they didn’t. You can’t say that Gettysburg was a turn event when there weren’t any major battles fought the rest of that year. The Union had a force of around 93,000 soldiers, the Confederacy had a force of around 72,000. Both side lost about 23,000 men; that is a large enough force to hold the town of Gettysburg and wait for reinforcements. After this battle there was just a “respite”. Neither side launched any major attacks and that didn’t really change anything. The Union was happy for their victory at Gettysburg, the challenge was for the Union to follow up the victory; this never happened. The next battle that was fought was over ten months later. Professor McMurry said “It must denote a battle that determined the outcome of the war- or a battle that at least put the conflict irrevocably on the path to its final

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