What Is The Civil War A Turning Point

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Civil War pg 1 Abstract The Civil War was fought between 1861-1865. The Confederate states seceded from the Union in 1861. Hence, the Civil War began. The South maintained the upper hand throughout the first half of the war, but the battle of Gettysburg (July 1-3, 1863) was the turning point for the North. Confederate General Robert E. Lee got the best of a succession of Union generals in battle before he met defeat at Gettysburg to Union forces under Gen. George Gordon Meade. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, whose genius had been displayed in the Western Theater, then took overall command of Union forces and forced Lee to surrender. President Abraham Lincoln guided the Union throughout the war, freed the slaves and established himself not only as our greatest president but one of the most noble figures in the history of the world. Civil War pg 2 Civil War 'Our Hearts Were Touched With Fire' The Civil War was one of the most brutal wars in American history, even worse for the fact that it was…show more content…
Lee's artillery opened a bombardment that for a time engaged the massed guns of both sides in a thundering duel for supremacy but did little to soften the Union center on Cemetery Ridge. The climax of the Battle of Gettysburg came on July 3 when Major General George E. Pickett, in a desperate attempt to recapture the partial success of the preceding day, ordered an infantry of some 12,000 Confederate troops across the open field toward the Union center on Cemetery Ridge. Raked by artillery and rifle fire, some of Pickett's men reached but failed to break the Union line, and the magnificent effort ended in disaster. In 50 minutes, 10,000 in the assault had become casualties, and the attack - forever to be known as Pickett's Charge - was now history. (Mohican Press
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