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Battle of Gettysburg. Day One - July 1, 1863. Gettysburg Pennsylvania Happened by accident Confederate soldiers were looking for shoes Run into a Union cavalry regiment Union Solders -90,000 Confederates – 75,000 Union Army falls back and take a defensive position

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day one july 1 1863
Day One - July 1, 1863
  • Gettysburg Pennsylvania
    • Happened by accident
      • Confederate soldiers were looking for shoes
      • Run into a Union cavalry regiment
    • Union Solders -90,000
    • Confederates – 75,000
    • Union Army falls back and take a defensive position
      • Cemetery Hill and Culp’s Hill just out side of Gettysburg
day two july 2 1863
Day two – July 2, 1863
  • Heavy fighting throughout the day
  • The confederates under General Lee attempt to dislodge the Union from their strong hold on Culp’s hill.
    • Fighting also occurs in the Peach Orchard and Devils Den.
day 3 july 3 1863
Day 3 – July 3, 1863
  • Union Army entrenches their position
  • Lee’s Confederate soldiers had attacked the Union left and right flanks the day before
  • Lee believed the center of the Union army’s line would be weaker due to having to send reinforcements to the flanks the day before.
day 3 continued
Day 3 Continued
  • General Lee's decided to attack the center of the Union line on Cemetery Ridge.
  • This is known as Pickett’s Charge
    • 15,000 confederate soldiers move across an open field
    • Led by General Pickett
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Union soldiers advanced out into the field and flanked the advancing Confederates

  • Union soldier were positioned behind a stone wall on Cemetery Ridge.
  • Confederates received fire from three directions.