The Extraordinary Story of the Battle of Gettysburg




General LeeCampaign MapIn 1861 and 1862,  Confederate armies achieved many victories over their Northern counterparts.  By the summer of 1863, the brilliant General Robert E. Lee was in command of the Army of Northern Virginia.  He decided upon  an invasion of the north, which would pull both armies from war torn northern Virginia, where most of the fighting had previously been. By invading the north and particularly, winning a victory in the north, it might cause disenchanted northerners to pressure the Lincoln administration to seek a settlement toward peace, thus ending the war. This decision eventually brought the war to the doorsteps of a small, rural south central Pennsylvania town called Gettysburg. Picture left: General Robert E. Lee. Picture right: Map of the Gettysburg Campaign.



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