POSTED: Tuesday, July 2, 2013 - 4:52pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, July 2, 2013 - 5:13pm
Tyler, Texas (KETK) — It was General Robert E. Lee’s biggest gamble.
It was the largest battle ever fought in the Western Hemisphere a nd it marked the beginning of the end for the Confederacy.
The battle of Gettysburg lasted for three days, from July first through the third, and when it was done, the war of attrition began.
Lee was on a roll having not lost a single significant battle.
He decided an invasion of the north would not only weaken the union forces, but bring about an early end to the war.
Because he knew that eventually the Union would out produce, and out man the south.
The battle field wasn’t to his liking, with the Army of the Potomac under General Meade occupying the high ground.
The battles were furious producing heroes like Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain and Lewis Armisted. After the battle, 63 Medals of Honor were awarded, the most for any single battle.
The final, desperate charge by General George Pickett’s division failed, as it was bound to, and resulted in horrific losses.
Pickett never forgave Lee.
And when Gettysburg ended on July 3rd, the outcome of the war was essentially only a matter of time.