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Most Civil War enthusiasts would say the battle which was fought near the small Pennsylvania town in was the greatest battle of the war For ghost hunters, the mere mention of Gettysburg conjures up images of haunted buildings, strange battlefield encounters and restless ghosts.
Lee, confident after his victories at Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville, urged President Davis to once again take the war to the north.
By doing so, this would take the fighting out of Virginia and relieve the pressure being felt by the government in Richmond. It would also ease the load on the Confederate supply lines because if the invasion could be pushed far enough to the north, it would allow the soldiers to live off the land.
So, moving in secret, Lee began his northern thrust on June 3, He marched his troops into the Shenandoah Valley and pushed them on, using the mountains as a shield. After the death of Stonewall Jackson a short time before, the Army of Northern Virginia had been re-organized into three corps, each commanded by A.
Ewell and James Longstreet.
The cavalry was commanded by the magnificent J. On June 15, Lee overwhelmed a Union force at Winchester and then continued northward. By June 28, all of the Confederate troops had crossed over into Union territory. They were still widely scattered out, but all were converging on the Pennsylvania capital of Harrisburg.
Meanwhile, tension between Washington and General Hooker was increasing. Once again, Lincoln was disappointed by the inaction of one of his generals and on June 28, he appointed George Meade to replace Hooker as the head of the Army of the Potomac. Coincidentally, on this same day, General Lee received a message that the Union Army was on the move, heading toward his new location.
This came as a shock to Lee, as he had been depending on Stuart to keep him aware of all enemy activity. Although no one knew it at the time, Stuart had seemingly vanished. He was involved in a daring raid east of the Federal army and all communications with the main Confederate force had been cut off.
He informed Lee that Meade was now in charge of the Union Army and was marching north to meet the Confederates. With the news that the Federal Army was aware of his plans, Lee sent out an order to concentrate the Confederate forces at Cashtown, a small village between Chambersburg and Gettysburg.
Here, Lee would prepare to confront the Federal advance troops. The Confederate Army was now in place to the north and west of Gettysburg, while Meade pushed the Federal Army from the south, moving northward from the area around Frederick and Emmitsburg, Maryland.
Both armies were in the dark as to the whereabouts of the other on June 30, the day that cavalry units under command of General John Buford rode into Gettysburg. Before this time, there was nothing to set Gettysburg apart from hundreds of other small communities in America.
The population of the small town was of about 2, people and aside from a thriving carriage industry, its only claims to fame were its two colleges, the Lutheran Theological Seminary and Pennsylvania College Gettysburg College.
It was nothing more than a sleepy little Pennsylvania town in Legend has it that the Confederates were actually looking for shoes, but they were actually on a reconnaissance mission.
For whatever reason the two groups bumped into each other, it seems likely, with two large armies in such close proximity of each other, they were bound to run into each other at some point.
The fighting lasted for three days, across the hills and through the forests and even in the streets of Gettysburg itself for more information and details of the three days of fighting, see Troy Taylor's book, Spirits of the Civil War By the end of the third day, the Battle of Gettysburg was over.
It would be remembered as the bloodiest day of the war as almost one-third of the men engaged in it were lost. The next day, July 4, both armies remained on the battlefield, with Meade and Lee each waiting for the other to move.
When nothing of significance occurred that day, Lee realized that his invasion of the north had come to an end. He was now far from his supply line and was running low on ammunition, not to mention the fact that the Confederacy could not afford the over 28, casualties they had sustained.
It was time to return home. That afternoon, Lee began his long retreat back to Virginia while Meade, despite urgings from Washington, declined to attack the retreating force.
Behind them, the streets and fields of Gettysburg were littered with the bodies of the dead, slowly decaying in the heat of the Pennsylvania summer. The people of the town were also left with thousands of the wounded to attend to and homes and businesses were quickly turned into field hospitals.
Wall were bloodstained, as well as books that were used as pillows". The dead also lined the streets and walkways, rotting in the summer sun. It was the turning point in the war and it was probably not a coincidence in the greater scheme of things, at least that the day after the battle ended also marked the fall of Vicksburg to General Grant.Gettysburg and many of our historic homes and inns around the county have been featured on popular paranormal television series.
Dozens of teams have conducted investigations on fields, homes, and taverns; discovering spirits left behind from the Civil War and other periods. You are invited. Gettysburg, a town in Pennsylvania, is one of the most haunted areas in the United States.
During its three days of intense battle ending on July 3, , more than 7, brave Union and Confederate soldiers lost their lives and tens of thousands more were wounded and crippled.
THE GUNS OF GETTYSBURG. By early summer of , the war in the east was going well for the Confederacy. Lee, confident after his victories at Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville, urged President Davis to once again take the war to the north.
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