Thursday, March 14, 2013

Battle of Gettysburg (July 1-3 in 1863)

The people of the United States clashed over slavery from the start. Many Northern States insisted that constitution ban slavery throughout the country. In the South, however, slavery was growing.

In 1860, Abraham Lincoln was elected the sixteenth president of the United States. He opposed the spread of slavery. Soon after Lincoln’s election, 11 states seceded or withdraw from the United States.

They form their own country, the Confederates States of America.

On April 12, 1862, Confederate troops attacked and took control of Fort Summer in South Carolina. Most civil war battles were fought in the South because North want to take back Southern cities and land for the Union.

By 1863, the armies of the North and the South fought in the small town of Gettysburg. Pennsylvania. It became the bloodiest battle of the entire civil war with 30,000 soldier were either injured or killed.

Both North and South had advantages in the war. The North had more manufacturing and better railroad system.

The South, especially at the beginning of the warm had better military leaders. They also knew they only had to fight long enough for the North to give up hope of bringing the states that had seceded or left the Union, back in.

The two forces collided at the town of Gettysburg in the morning of July 1, 1863. The battle lasted three days. The streets of the little town were all dabbled with blood. The tidings of the victory at Gettysburg came to the Northern people on the 4th of July.
Battle of Gettysburg (July 1-3 in 1863)

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