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The Battle of Gettysburg: Day Three (National Park Service, 1954)

A clearly written piece which sums up the climactic third day of the Gettysburg battle:

"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?"


End of Invasion: July 4, 1863 (National Park Service, 1954)

In just two paragraphs this author nicely summed up the immediate aftermath of that remarkable battle at Gettysburg:

"Late on the afternoon of July 4, Lee began an orderly retreat. The wagon train of wounded, 17 miles in length, guarded by Imboden's cavalry, started homeward through Greenwood and Greencastle. At night, the able-bodied men marched over the Hagerstown Road by way of Monterey Pass to the Potomac..."

From Amazon: Retreat from Gettysburg: Lee, Logistics, and the Pennsylvania Campaign

Click here to read about the 1913 Gettysburg Reunion.


Weapons and Tactics at Gettysburg (National Park Service, 1954)

The weapons and tactics used at the Battle of Gettysburg were in no way different from those brought into use during other parts in the war. Just as war has always been practiced, weapons influence tactics and this article lists a variety of Civil War rifles and artillery pieces that were put to use during that three day battle. The author also goes to some length describing the manner in which Civil War regiments and brigades marched into battle and the deployment of their supporting artillery batteries.


Reunion at Gettysburg (The Outlook, 1913)

Johnny Reb and Billy Yank encountered each other once again - fifty years after the Union victory at Gettysburg:

"The conductor raised his baton and the strains of 'The Star-Spangled Banner' floated out upon the air. All of those gathered upon the dusky lawn - the Picketts, the Longstreets, the daughter of General A.P. Hill, the Meades, the long row of men in gray and gold - became silent, rose to their feet, and uncovered. That was Gettysburg fifty years afterward."

Click here to see the Confederate Uniform worn at the Reunions.


Reunion at Gettysburg's Bloody Angle (Literary Digest, 1913)

During the Battle of Gettysburg's fiftieth anniversary celebration that took place during the summer 1913, a surviving member of Virginia's Fifty-Sixth Regiment of Infantry encountered the Federal soldier who had saved his life at the Bloody Angle; this is the moving story of their encounter.


The Career of General George Gordon Meade (Literary Digest, 1912)

A brief article on the military career of Civil War General George Gordon Meade (1815 - 1872) with particular attention paid to his leadership during the Battle of Gettysburg.

"Meade will not be ranked by the historians with the great commanders, but his career is that of a well-trained, capable, and patriotic soldier, and he must always be remembered in the history of the war and of the country as the General who, for the longest period in its history, held the command of the Army of the Potomac, and to whom came the well-deserved good fortune of winning with this army the decisive battle of the war."


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