The Battle Of Gettysburg


"Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this
continent, a new nation conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the
proposition that all men are created equal.
Now we are engaged in a great Civil War; testing whether this
nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated can long endure. We
have met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a
portion of that field as a final resting-place for those who here gave
their lives that this nation might live. It is altogether fitting and
proper that we should do this.
But in a larger sense we cannot dedicate-- we cannot consecrate--
we cannot hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, ...

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devotion– that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have
died in vain– that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of
freedom– and that government of the people, by the people, for the people,
shall not perish from this earth." Abraham Lincoln November 19, 1863.

It seems only appropriate to begin a report devoted to the Battle
of Gettysburg by looking at something delivered after it ended. Contrary
to his belief, Abraham Lincoln's brief, yet overwhelmingly powerful speech,
is still looked upon by Americans as an enduring symbol of the Civil War
and a testament to the ideals of the United States of America. However,
Lincoln was more than correct when he praised the efforts of the soldiers,
living and dead, bestowing upon them the adulation of changing the war in
the Union's favor for good. Gettysburg, particularly Pickett's Charge is
considered by many historians to be the high-water mark of the Confederacy.
After that the Union gained the upper ...

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stalled the 7,500 Confederates for one crucial hour. Colonel
Thomas Devin's and Colonel William Gamble's cavalry brigades fought
ferociously under mounting pressure, and held on long enough for infantry
reinforcements to arrive from Major General John Reynolds' I Corps.
Reynolds became the ranking Union commander when he arrived on the field,
and he never gave retreat a thought. Like Buford, he recognized the
importance of holding the high ground south and east of Gettysburg. Within
an hour and at Reynolds' urging, the famous Iron Brigade quick-timed onto
the field and slammed into Heth's Rebels. Suddenly the South, facing
infantry dismounted cavalry, retreated back across ...

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