Abril LagunasMr. Patch U.S. History 2A17 January 2018History of War PhotographyThere has been an abundance of battles throughout the Civil War that did not contain much significance, unlike the Battle of Gettysburg. The Battle of Gettysburg took place July 1st through July 3rd, 1863, in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and held remarkable meaning throughout history.
The leaders of this battle were General Robert E. Lee, of the Confederate Army (South), and General George G. Meade, of the Union Army (North). Lee had previously attacked the North at Chancellorsville, which resulted in a victory, making him confident in invading a second time, not being so victorious. As claimed by HistoryOnTheNet, this battle involved 85,000 Union soldiers against 75,000 Confederate soldiers (“Who Won the Battle of Gettysburg?”). The Battle of Gettysburg resulted in a Union victory, as well as 23,000 Union casualties and 28,000 Confederate casualties.
As can be seen, the prodigious casualties of the Battle of Gettysburg made it a fatal engagement between the Union and Confederate soldiers.Equally important is the significance of this battle and how it has changed history. The Battle of Gettysburg was the most blood-filled battle of the Civil War. According to History.com, it is “. . . considered the most important engagement of the American Civil War.
” (“The Battle of Gettysburg”). This battle changed history by being the inflectional point of the Civil War, since the South didn’t further attempt to invade the North. This battle also affected history by reversibly turning the Civil War’s victory in favor of the Union.
Due to the Battle of Gettysburg, history will be forever changed.Works Cited”Battle of Gettysburg.” History.com, A+E Networks, 2009, http://www.history.
com/topics/american-civil-war/battle-of-gettysburg. Accessed January 18, 2018. “Who Won the Battle of Gettysburg?” HistoryOnTheNet, https://www.
historyonthenet.com/who-won-the-battle-of-gettysburg/. Accessed January 18, 2018. “Total casualties numbered above 50,000 over three days of the battle of Gettysburg (July), 1863).
” History.com, A+E Networks, http://www.history.com/topics/american-civil-war/american-civil-war-history/pictures/gettysburg/casualties-of-war-on-the-field-at-gettysburg. Accessed January 18, 2018.