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JUNE 3Oth 1863 Today is the day Tuesday June 30th 1863 Variable weather There is sunshine and rain On the 24th General Robert E Lee leads the troops across the Potomac River headed towards Pennsylvania General Lee is the Commander of the Northern Virginia Army Major cities in the North such as Philadelphia Baltimore and even Washington were under attack We are preparing for what can be the best ore the worst I was assigned as the aide to General Robert E Lee General Lee is known to be a hard general He commanded the US Military Academy and in 1861 was made commander-in-chief of the Virginia forces The Union Army of the Potomac under its very new and inexperienced commander General George G Meade marched to intercept Lee Not much has happened today it hasnt been bad and there wasnt really any casualties This evening there is much activity Troops are withdrawn from all parts to march to Gettysburg Reports that all ready there has been an engagement at Cashtown The cooks are busy preparing rations for the next few days Today I wrote my family a letter I miss my son Gabriel and my wife Alicia Im glad to fight for my country America and I am more than willing to do anything to keep us together July 1st 1863 On this Wednesday morning two divisions of Confederates headed back to Gettysburg Its a very muddy day from yesterdays rain They ran into Federal cavalry west of the town at Willoughby Run and the battle began Events would quickly escalate General Lee rushed 25000 men to the scene The Union had less than 20000 There was fierce fighting and many casualties on both sides Lee ordered for me to tell Confederate General RS Ewell to seize the high ground from the battle from the Federals if practicable General Ewell hesitated to attack giving the Union
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