In the early days of July in the year 1863, Confederate General Robert E. Lee launched his invasion of the Northern states. The battle would take place in the small Pennsylvania town of Gettysburg. This three-day battle was the bloodiest of the American Civil War. Between July 1st and July 3rd around 51,000 soldiers were killed, wounded, captured, or listed as missing after Gettysburg (Civil War). This loss was a crushing blow to the Southern war effort, and many see it as a turning point in the war. Before the Battle of Gettysburg, General Robert E. Lee had never lost a major battle. As soon as the smoke settled the agreement began. Who was responsible for the Confederate defeat at Gettysburg?
The obvious response is that the Union army was just better than their Confederate counterparts. This falls flat and, there is evidence to support the opposite. Up until the Battle of Gettysburg the war had been a stalemate or even slightly to the advantage of the Confederate forces. At the First Battle of Bull Run, or Manassas Creek, the newly formed Confederate defeated the Union forces (Clemson). Throughout July of 1862, many battles were fought in the Peninsular Campaign. General McClellan’s Union forces suffered losses at the hands of Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston, then Robert E. Lee (Clemson). These early battles proved that this war was not going to be a short one. It also proved that the Confederacy and its commanders were equal, if not better, then their Union counterparts. So, the idea of Union superiority is a false one. So, it must be a shortcoming on the Confederate side.
The fact is that the reasonability for the Confederate defeat lies at the feet of one of the South’s greates...
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...he remainder of the war would have turned out.
Throughout the early days of the American Civil War, the Confederate forces proved that they were more than capable of holding their own against the Union forces. At battles like Bull Run and Fredericksburg the Confederate forces proved the war would be a hard fought one. Till the Battle of Gettysburg, General Robert E. Lee had never lost a major battle, and his Calvary played a huge role in the Confederates early success. J. E. B. Stuart was one of his finest Calvary men. During the Gettysburg campaign, Stuart did not follow the orders given to him by Lee, and conducted the raids instead of collecting the intelligence needed for the remainder of the campaign. J. E.B Stuart’s failure to follow his orders to collect intelligence and strain from the raids on his horses and men, caused the Confederate defeat at Gettysburg.
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