A well written essay by the historians at the National Park Service summing up the climactic third day of the Battle of Gettysburg:
"Night brought an end to the bloody combat at East Cemetery Hill, but this was not the time for rest. What would Meade do? Would the Union Army remain in its established position and hold its lines at all costs?"
"As dawn broke on July 3, Union guns on the Baltimore Pike opened with a heavy cannonade on Johnston's Confederates at Spangler's Spring. The heavily wooded area about the Confederate lines prevented them from bringing into position to return fire. Union skirmishers began streaming across the field toward the Confederate entrenchments."
Click here to read about the events during the fourth and final day of the Battle of Gettysburg.
It was on the first day at Gettysburg that the Confederates made a terrible mistake. Read about it here.
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