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Battle of Gettysburg in History

American Civil War: Atlanta Campaign - Battle of Petersburg

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 Battle of Gettysburg (2nd day)
  • 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

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

Confederate General Robert E. Lee
Confederate General
Robert E. Lee
  • 1863-08-01 Cavalry action near Brandy Station-End of Gettysburg Campaign

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

16th US President Abraham Lincoln
16th US President
Abraham Lincoln

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

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt

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 William Barksdale, American Confederate Brigadier General, dies in the Battle of Gettysburg while leading his brigade's attack at 41
  • 1863-07-03 Samuel K. Zook, American Union general-major, dies of his wounds from the Battle of Gettysburg at 40
  • 1863-07-03 Richard B. Garnett, American Confederate Brigadier General, killed during Pickett's Charge, Battle of Gettysburg at 45
  • 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 Elon John Farnsworth, American Brigadier General (Union Army), dies at the battle of Gettysburg at 25
  • 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