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I chose to do a report on the events portrayed in the movie Gettysburg and how these events agree with the actual history of the Battle of Gettysburg The Battle of Gettysburg was one of the most important battles of the Civil War it was fought at Gettysburg Pennsylvania July 1-3 1863 For nearly two months after the battle of Chancellorsville early in May the Union and Confederate armies in Virginia maneuvered for position with the Confederate General Lee concentrating his forces for a thrust into the north By the end of June he had swung his three army corps commanded by Generals James Longstreet R S Ewell and A P Hill into Pennsylvania Union General Joseph Hooker followed the advance moving his armies parallel to the Confederate line of march and keeping between Lees army and the city of Washington On June 27 President Lincoln then removed General Joseph Hooker from command and replaced him with General George G Meade Lee was hampered by the absence of his cavalry for General J E B Stuart had gone around the Federal Army on a raid and did not return until too late to be of service Without knowing the position of the enemy Lee converged the three columns of his army on Gettysburg 7 miles 11 km above the Maryland-Pennsylvania boundary Advance forces of Confederates clashed with Union troops outside Gettysburg on July 1 and the Federal commander General J F Reynolds lost his life attempting to hold the field against superior numbers of Confederates The main body of Meades army arrived during the night and took position on Cemetery Ridge south of Gettysburg Lee occupied the western part of the valley on Seminary Ridge On the afternoon of July 2 the battle was resumed with Confederate attempts to dislodge the Union forces from two low hills Round Top and Little Round Top By a momentarily successful
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