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Before the Battle of Gettysburg even started Confederate Gen Robert E Lee concentrated his full strength to meet the pursuing federals under Major General George G Meade at the crossroads of Gettysburg He did this be cause of what he had heard from a reliable source that the Union forces were weak and not expecting any fighting against the Confederates for a little while Some of the artillery used in the battle was the howitzer and napoleon guns which were made of bronze and could fire up to about a mile Another was the Parrot rifle which was made of cast iron and could fire about a mile and a half The last kind of gun was the three-inch ordnance rifle This rifle was the strongest for its weight than any other gun It was made of wrought iron and extremely light weighted It could fire as effectively as the parrot rifle Then on July first 1863 around eight are the confederates approached Gettysburg along Chambers Pike They were expecting very minimal resistance A little while later the Union army met up with them After heavy fighting the union army was forced to retreat They retreated to a place called Cemetery Hill By late afternoon Cemetery Hill had nearly 9000 men and 40 guns The confederate General Robert E Lee arrived around the same time He saw all of the men at Cemetery Hill and decided to wait until tomorrow to attack them All in all the confederates won todays battle On July second General Meade arrived He spent the second day of battle fortifying and rearranging his army along Cemetery Hill In the afternoon General Lee received intelligence that the Union army was hanging in the air and was very vulnerable to be attacked This was not far from the truth The Confederate army moved their artillery barrage on the Peach Orchard From there they attacked at about 1630 430 The Union
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