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How the Battle of Gettysburg Changed American History Forever

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16.02.2019

Warfare History Network, Brooke C. Stoddard

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Writer Brooke Stoddard compares the events at the Battle of Gettysburg to the three general phases of the American Civil War.

How the Battle of Gettysburg Changed American History Forever

The occasion was, for the North, inauspicious. In the Battle of First Manassas, the Federals were routed, humiliated, and almost utterly crushed. In the Seven Days, they were outmaneuvered and forced to retreat. At Second Manassas they were routed, humiliated, and almost crushed. At Antietam, they threw themselves piecemeal at the Confederates and were bloodily repulsed. At Fredericksburg, they charged against entrenched positions and died in droves. At Chancellorsville, they were totally outfoxed and humiliated.

Sticking It Out, Better or Worse

This is the record the Union men took into the Battle of Gettysburg. It is not so much a wonder that they won, but that they stuck around at all when they heard the Army of Northern Virginia was in the vicinity.

But stick around they did, and with seeming gusto. On the morning of July 1, Army of the Potomac General........

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