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HTML1DocumentEncodingutf-8gettysburg By carl hegney Battle of Gettysburg 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 was fought between the North and South over slavery The whole war was because the North did not want slavery and the South wanted slavery Even one battle was fought because of a guy named John Brown from the North and he wanted to give the slaves guns Under the Union General George Gordon Meade numbered about 85000 troops and the Confederates army under General Robert Edward Lee numbered about 75000 troops Then after the Battle of Chancellorsville on May 2-4 an important victory for the Confederates General Lee divided his army into three groups each commanded by three lieutenant generals They were James Longstreet Richard Stoddert Ewell and Ambrose Powell Hill Then on June 30 Confederate troops from General Hills group were on their way to Gettysburg then the heard that Meade troops had moved down to stop the Confederate army The battle began on July 1 outside of Gettysburg with a meeting between Hills advance troops and the federal calvary division commanded by Major General John Buford supported by infantry under Major General John Reynolds Hill met tough opposition and unsure about battle until Ewell arrived from the north in the afternoon Then the Confederates States pushed against General Oliver Howards troops and forced the federal troops to retreat from their forward positions to Culps Hill and Cemetery Ridge which was southeast of Gettysburg The fighting had been heavy on both sides but the Union troops suffered more losses More than 4000 men were taken prisoner by the Confederates and John Reynolds was killed in the battle On the following day July 2 Meade formed his forces in the shape of a horseshoe extending westward from Culps Hill and southward along the cemetery Ridge to the hills of
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