The Turning Point

Gettysburg Address

Why is it considered the turning point in the war?

The battle of Gettysburg lasted 3 days (July 1, 1863- July 3, 1863). It is now considered the turning point of the Civil War because the South could never regain enough strength the invade the North again after Picketts Charge on the third day of the battle. The South lost 27,000 of 75,000 soldiers.

Picketts Charge

Picketts charge took place on the 3rd and final day of battle. It was an infrantry assault on approximately 15,000 Confederate soldiers against General George Meade's troops. It was located between Seminary and Cemetery ridges, Gettysburg battlefield, Pennsylvania. Once the Confederate's made it up the hill they were blasted by Union forces which resulted in over 6,000 Confederate casualties and marked the end of Gettysburg, as well as Lee's last invasion of the North.

Battle of Gettyburg Generals and Pictures

The Gettysburg Address

In November 1863, President Abraham Lincoln gave a speech to deliver remarks at the official dedication ceremony at Gettysburg where one of the bloodiest and most decisive battles of the Civil War was fought. Lincoln's 273 word speech became known as one of the best in American history. In it, he talked about the priciples of human equality contained the the Declaration of Independence and also the preservation of the Union created in 1776 and its idea of self-government.


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After the battle of Gettysburg the South could not regain strength resulting in a union victory not only in the battle, but of the Civil War!