The Battle of Gettysburg
From the opening shot at 7:30 a.m. on July 1, 1863, to 4 p.m. on July 3, when the last rebel assault was repulsed, the Union and Confederate forces reported an estimated 50,000 casualties in the Battle of Gettysburg. It was the bloodiest battle the country had yet seen. Upon whom the responsibility for the South’s failure at Gettysburg rests has been widely debated, but five months after the epic battle, Confederate General Robert E. Lee admitted, ‘I thought my men were invincible.’ The fighting in the small Pennsylvania town marked a pivotal point in the Union’s ascent to victory and helped decide the outcome of the Civil War.
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