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The Battle of Gettysburg was fought on July 3 1863 and it was a turning point in the American Civil War The Battle of Gettysburg wasfought between the North and South over slavery The whole war wasbecause the North did not want slavery and the South wanted slavery Evenone battle was fought because of a guy named John Brown from the Northand he wanted to give the slaves guns Under the Union General GeorgeGordon Meade numbered about 85000 troops and the Confederates armyunder General Robert Edward Lee numbered about 75000 troops Thenafter the Battle of Chancellorsville on May 2-4 an important victory for theConfederates General Lee divided his army into three groups eachcommanded by three lieutenant generals They were James LongstreetRichard Stoddert Ewell and Ambrose Powell Hill Then on June 30Confederate troops from General Hills group were on their way toGettysburg then the heard that Meade troops had moved down to stop theConfederate army The battle began on July 1 outside of Gettysburg with ameeting between Hills advance troops and the federal calvary divisioncommanded by Major General John Buford supported by infantry underMajor General John Reynolds Hill met tough opposition and unsure aboutbattle until Ewell arrived from the north in the afternoon Then theConfederates States pushed against General Oliver Howards troops andforced the federal troops to retreat from their forward positions to Culps Hilland Cemetery Ridge which was southeast of Gettysburg The fighting hadbeen heavy on both sides but the Union troops suffered more losses Morethan 4000 men were taken prisoner by the Confederates and John ReynoldsOn the following day July 2 Meade formed his forces in the shape ofa horseshoe extending westward from Culps Hill and southward along thecemetery Ridge to the hills of Little Round Top and Round Top On the otherhand the Confederates were sent in a long thin depressed line with Longstreetand Ewell on the sides and Hill in the center On the night of July 2 Meadeheld a council of
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