Gettysburg, PA

3 day battle

Battle

  • Occurred in July 1, 1863
  • The general for the union was George G. Meade and the general for the confederate was Robert E. Lee
  • Was a 3 day battle, the largest battle of the American Civil War involving around 85,000 men in the Union army and around 75,000 men in the confederate army. The Union won this battle
  • The confederate army had devastating casualties because of the event Pickett's Charge. Pickett's Charge was a confederate charge that was a disaster, fewer than half of his men made it to the top of the ridge. 10,000 were dead in less than 50 minutes.
  • This significance of this battle was that it was the turning point of the Civil War, the enormous clash between the union and confederate soldiers and Lincoln used this battle to justify the cost of the war