7 Facts About the Battle of Gettysburg

Between 1861 and 1865, Union and Confederate armies clashed in the American Civil War, in which 2.4 million soldiers were killed and millions more were wounded.

General Ulysses S. Grant was not at Gettysburg

President Lincoln appointed a new general days before the battle

More Union troops assembled after the first day of battle

Robert E. Lee ordered an attack on Union troops on the second day of battle

The second day was the bloodiest of the battle

Lee believed his troops were on the brink of victory by 3 July

Pickett’s Charge was a disastrous attempt to break Union lines

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