Battle of Gettysburg Essay
Driving through Gettysburg people see statues and marking at different sites, if you're do not know much history you would still know that these markings are a symbols of fallen soldiers. These soldiers never really needed to die but the North and South could not work out their differences peacefully which caused a great war in U.S. history, The Civil War. One of the biggest battles fought during the Civil war took place in the small city of Gettysburg. The battle of Gettysburg was the biggest and bloodiest battles of the Civil War. Gettysburg is also known as the turning point in the war.
Taking away the statues and most of the new development in the city we can see what Gettysburg looked liked to the soldiers that fought there. Stepping back through time, Gettysburg was a calm city never expecting a great battle to be fought there.
Gettysburg was not even supposed to happen; it happened by mistake. An infantry of officer under General Richard Ewell's command led a few soldiers into Gettysburg to retrieve shoes for the war beaten Confederate soldiers. The Confederate advance guard ran headlong into General John Bulford's Union Cavalry. "While both sides sent couriers pounding off for reinforcements, Bulford tried desperately to hold his ground (Ward, 216)."
By now, both sides were converging in Gettysburg. The Confederates were coming from the north and the Union was coming from the south. The Confederates were the closet and assemble faster. Union forces were slowly in gathering. "The rebels pushed them back through the town until General Winfield Scott Hancock rallied the retreating troops into defensives positions on Culp's Hill and Cemetery Hill (Ward, 216)."
"General Robert E. Lee, head of the Conferdate army, was unsure of where excatly the Union was. "He had heard through the grape vine that there was some Union cavalry heading into Gettysburg but he was not sure (Sh…