Battle of Gettysburg in History

Historical Events

  • 1863-06-29 Confederate General Robert Lee orders his forces to concentrate near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
  • 1863-07-01 Battle of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania; Lee's northward advance halted
  • 1863-07-02 2nd day of the Battle of Gettysburg (US Civil War)
  • 1863-07-03 Battle of Gettysburg, largest battle ever fought on the American continent, ends in a major victory for the Union during the US Civil War

Event of Interest

1863-07-04 General Lee's army withdraws from Gettysburg

  • 1863-08-01 Cavalry action near Brandy Station-End of Gettysburg Campaign

Event of Interest

1863-11-17 Abraham Lincoln begins 1st draft of his Gettysburg Address

Words That Echoed Down The Decades

1863-11-19 US President Abraham Lincoln delivers his Gettysburg address beginning; "Four score and seven years ago..."

Battle of Interest

1938-07-03 President Franklin Roosevelt dedicates the Eternal Light Peace Memorial and lights the eternal flame at Gettysburg Battlefield

Famous Birthdays

  • 1837-06-17 Strong Vincent, American army officer (died famously at Little Round Top during the Battle of Gettysburg), born in Waterford, Pennsylvania (d. 1863)

Famous Deaths

  • 1863-07-03 Elon John Farnsworth, American Brigadier General (Union Army), dies at the battle of Gettysburg at 25
  • 1863-07-03 George Hull Ward, American general and Union officer in the American Civil War, dies of his wounds at the Battle of Gettysburg at 37
  • 1863-07-03 Richard B. Garnett, American Confederate Brigadier General, killed during Pickett's Charge, Battle of Gettysburg at 45
  • 1863-07-03 Samuel K. Zook, American Union general-major, dies of his wounds from the Battle of Gettysburg at 40
  • 1863-07-03 William Barksdale, American Confederate Brigadier General, dies in the Battle of Gettysburg while leading his brigade's attack at 41
  • 1863-07-05 Lewis Armistead, Confederate brigadier general at Gettysburg (Pickett's Charge), dies of his injuries from the battle of Gettysburg at 46
  • 1863-07-06 Strong Vincent, American army officer (fought at Battle of Gettysburg), dies at 26 fighting at the Little Round Top in Gettysburg
  • 1896-08-12 Thomas Chamberlain, officer of the 20th Maine at the Battle of Gettysburg
  • 1914-02-24 Joshua Chamberlain, Civil War hero for the Union on Little Round Top at the Battle of Gettysburg