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Gettysburg is the most significant battle in the history of the United States of America The fate of the nation would be determined in the Civil War The outcome of the Civil War rested on a battlefield in southern Pennsylvania The battle of Gettysburg reached its climax on the third day when the men of General George Pickett charged up Cemetery Ridge Therefore the outcome of the battle the war and ultimately the direction the nation would take rested with the victor in this courageous assault The men involved and the choices they made would be continually put under a microscope and evaluated over the course of history The great significance of this battle and the implications that it held has produced both heroes and villains who would be blamed for the ultimate failure of the charge In the book Picketts Charge George Stewart depicts the importance of the advance as the height and ultimately the downfall of the Confederacy and puts the burden of the defeat on the shoulders of General LeePicketts Charge was a complete failure for the Confederacy They initially appeared to be winning the battle when the Rebels broke through the Union lines The Union held strong however and was able to withstand the assault The Confederates stayed and fought until their morale was weakened their men demoralized and their chance for victory impossible The Rebels eventually retreated back down Cemetery Ridge losing all hope for a victory in the battle Realistically the war was also lost As the smoke cleared from the field the battle was over but the critique of it was just beginning The battle that transpired was so significant that historians would review it frequently George Stewart is not the first to relive the events that occurred on July 3 1863 and certainly his opinions have been expressed before That being said Stewart sets up a detailed account of the events that happened that day and the
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