How Is Gettysburg A Turning Point

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Introduction The Civil war began in 1861 and ended in 1865 during this time there were many significant battles. Prior to General Robert E. Lee’s advancement north into the Union’s territory the Union Army has unsuccessfully attacked the Confederate Army several times. General Robert E. Lee takes the Confederate Army and marches north. The battle of Gettysburg takes place from July 1, 1863 to July 3 1863 in a small town called Gettysburg. General Robert E. Lee is leading the Confederate Army numbering approximately 70,000 troops. General George G. Meade commands the Union Army nearly 95,000. The Confederate Army was the Army of Northern Virginia, and the Union Army was the Potomac Army. Neither Army was aware of the others position, although General George G. Meade was chasing General Robert E. Lee they really just collided by accident due to so many roads all leading to the town of Gettysburg. Both armies’ sustain heavy losses, but after three days of fighting General Robert E. Lee is forced to retreat back into Virginia. This battle is the turning point in the war for the north and the south. After this battle the Union
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December 20, 1860 South Carolina’s Secessionist Convention unanimously approves the Secession. In the coming weeks ten more states will join the secession; Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Texas, Virginia, Arkansas, North Carolina, and Tennessee. These states make up the Confederacy. On April 12, 1861 the Confederate Army attacked Fort Sumter in the first act of aggression and initiating the war. After two days of bombardment they surrendered on April 14, 1861. The Confederate Army lowered the American flag and claimed Fort Sumter. After these events President Abraham Lincoln asked for seventy-five thousand volunteers to create the Union Army. This was the beginning of the Civil

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