It is known as the bloodiest battle ever fought on American soil: The Battle of Gettysburg. It seemed that the battlefield was hungering and thirsting for blood. Entering with great momentum, the South lost. The Battle of Gettysburg roared on for three whole days until the North, finally, was victorious. This victory added to the North’s dwindling momentum. This battle delivered a major blow to the South’s ego and drove the Confederacy back into the South. This victory gave the North an offensive position in the war, won a major battle, gave the North hope, and proved that the North was capable of beating the South.
In May, 1863, General Robert E. Lee led his army on the invasion of the north. Entering with great numbers, the Confederacy was bound to win. The first battle was the battle of Chancellorsville. (“Gettysburg”) General Lee and his army claimed an astounding victory over the Union. The South was gaining more momentum with every battle. The morale of General
Lee’s men was high. Lee then led his army on stage two of the invasion: The Gettysburg Campaign. (“Gettysburg”) Lee intended to secure supplies, such as shoes, from the Pennsylvania farmlands. General Robert E. Lee needed to threaten northern cities and win a major battle in the North. This would strike fear into the hearts of the northern people. On the other side the Northern general Joseph Hooker was given an order. Abraham Lincoln ordered him to move his army in pursuit of General Lee and his men. Three days later General Joseph Hooker was replaced by General George Gordon Meade. Meade immediately moved his forces between D.C. and General Lee. When Lee found out about General Meads move he made his. He stopped in his tracks and focused his full eff...
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...fight an offensive war, gave the North hope, they won a major battle, and proved the North could win battles. All of these reasons undoubtedly, the battle of Gettysburg is the turning point of the American Civil War.
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