The Gettysburg Battle Analysis

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Register to read the introduction… Before the war, Buford fought in the Indian Wars, and he has learned how to fight a battle against an enemy that greatly outnumbers him. He has lost faith in most of the Union officers after he was injured in a battle where reinforcements were supposed to arrive, but they never did. He also believes in the Union cause, so he engages the confederate army at Gettysburg with hope for help and the knowledge that he can fight from the woods behind him if the need arises. Before replacements come to help out Buford, he comments to one of the officers under his command to put both of his brigades into the same area so that the Confederates, led by Harry Heth, will "run into two brigades. . . that should hold him until Reynolds [help] gets here" (90). This is done, and Buford's Calvary is able to hold off the Confederate soldiers until the reinforcements do arrive. In this chapter, Sharra writes so that the reader thinks the Union soldiers won't hold, but they still are hoping for the …show more content…
Lee, who is the commander of the entire Confederate Army. Lee was offered the job as Commanding General of the Union Army, but he turned it down because he could not fight a war against his home state of Virginia. He is also a West Point graduate, but he believes in the exact opposite of what Longstreet does. By the time the Battle of Gettysburg starts, he is considered the most beloved General of all time, and the men under his command will do anything for him. Lee plays a major role in deciding on the invasion into Pennsylvania, and he does this because he is tired of fighting a defensive war. In preparation for the battle on the second day, he informs Longstreet that, "We [the Confederate Army] must attack. . . every moment we delay the enemy uses to reinforce himself" (184). With that said, the two generals gather all of the troops they can to attack the Union position. The reader sees that Lee believes the only way to win the battle is to attack the enemy, and one wants him to succeed in this

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