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Gettysburg (1993)~First Day (part one)
Gettysburg - Rodes Attacks Oak Ridge, July 1, 1863
One of the largest military conflicts in North American history begins this day when Union and Confederate forces collide at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The epic battle lasted three days and resulted in a retreat to Virginia by Robert E. Two months prior to Gettysburg, Lee had dealt a stunning defeat to the Army of the Potomac at Chancellorsville, Virginia. He then made plans for a Northern invasion in order to relieve pressure on war-weary Virginia and to seize the initiative from the Yankees. His army, numbering about 80,, began moving on June 3. The Army of the Potomac, commanded by Joseph Hooker and numbering just under ,, began moving shortly thereafter, staying between Lee and Washington , D. On the morning of July 1, advance units of the forces came into contact with one another just outside of Gettysburg.
In the early hours of July 1, , Gen. Hill directed his corps of the Army of Northern Virginia to make a reconnaissance in force toward the town of Gettysburg. John Reynolds. In spite of the staunch Union resistance, the Confederates had the advantage in terms of numbers and position. Richard S. Ewell arrived from the north, threatening the Federal right. Compelled to retreat, the Yankees fell back through and around Gettysburg and reformed on high ground to the south and east of town.
The battle of Gettysburg is one of the most well known battles of the American Civil War. It lasted for three days and when it was over, more than 8, soldiers on both sides were dead. As we specialize in all things Gettysburg, we decided it appropriate for us to spend some time sharing more about the event with memory to those who gave their lives to afford us many privileges that Americans enjoy today. While the war did not begin until July 1st, events were already transpiring that would lead to the opening actions of the first day of the battle of Gettysburg. They were the first Union troops to arrive in Gettysburg and while they were never directly ordered to defend the town, Buford decided that they would. He was a wise man and understood that the best tactic he could employ was to set his men in a defensive position to buy some time while waiting for the main army to arrive.
Battle of Gettysburg , July 1—3, , major engagement in the American Civil War , fought 35 miles 56 km southwest of Harrisburg , Pennsylvania , that was a crushing Southern defeat.
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