The Confederates applied pressure all along the Union front, and they slowly drove the Yankees through the town. By evening, the Federal troops rallied on high ground on the southeastern edge of Gettysburg. The Confederates held Gettysburg, and stretched along a six-mile arc around the Union position. But if you see something that doesn't look right, click here to contact us!
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Robert E. Lee 's mistakes at Gettysburg were the price the Confederacy paid for his brilliance in other battles.
Do you buy that? He said his army was invincible, and could do anything if properly led. That overconfidence was based on his previous success, especially in Chancellorsville just two months earlier.
They did manage to win on the first day, July 1, by driving Union troops away from the lines north and west of Gettysburg. Start reading Don Troiani's Gettysburg on your Kindle in under a minute. The visual approach is fresh and unprecedented. Susan, what unit was he with, do you know? But there were no orders to march that Wednesday morning.
How about the Union generals? Could they have shortened the war by pursuing the retreating Confederate forces with more vigor?
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I think they could have. He hesitated while Lee was desperately trying to rebuild the pontoon bridge. And they did finally get across.
Not all historians agree with me in criticizing Meade, but I think he had a real opportunity. And so did Lincoln, who was very disappointed. Meade was new to command. He had successfully fought a defensive battle at Gettysburg, but he found it difficult psychologically to go from defense to offense.
The other part is that the logistics were difficult, the supply lines had trouble keeping up with the army, especially with the roads so badly bogged down with heavy rains. How close did the Confederates come to winning the battle, and how might that have changed American history? Not very close. They did manage to win on the first day, July 1, by driving Union troops away from the lines north and west of Gettysburg.
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