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It is also known as the Pennsylvania war. It was fought for three days starting from July 1st to July 3rd, 1863. It was fought in North America and a total of 85, 000 men took part in the war. They were led by Major General Gordon Meade of the Union’s Army of the Potomac against 75,000 men of the Confederancy’s Army led by General Robert Edward Lee. The Battle of Gettysburg was considered to be the largest of the American Civil War. The number of casualties was 23, 049 and 28, 063 for the two sides respectively. A total of over seven thousand people died out of the war. The significant losses by the two parties led a major turning point in the Civil War on the 4th of July. The change was as a result of the surrender of the Vicksburg, Mississippi on the same day. However, this did not necessarily mean an end to the war. Conflict continued further two years even after the end of the war. Some of the major battles that came up there after including the Spotsylvania Courthouse, Chickamagua, Nashville and Mononacy.

The Gettysburg Campaign

The campaign began in an unclear way. The dark shadows of war were hovering on the two sides. However, Lee did not have a much consolidated army and thus could not get involved in any war. His soldiers were scattered all over the territory. He gave them a command not to attack until they had a strong army that was not going to fall and suffer under the enemies. With time, he built an army. By the end of June, there was a lot of tension. His army was still not well organized. Gordon’s men were, however, invading their territory, and Lee did not have any other option than giving in to war. This started on the 1st July, and the active war lasted for three days. A lot of damage was experienced in these three days.

Aftermath and Impact of the War

On the 4th July, Lee and his men were ready to take a victorious invasion. However, the Union did not have a counter attack. They retreated after a massive downpour on that night. Meade is, however, highly criticized for the not advancing to meet Lee’s men. Despite the Union not attacking, the Confederates had a greater loss in the war. More than a third of their men were injured and 3, 900 men died. Lee handed his resignation after the war but it was not accepted, and he remained in charge of the army.