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One widely publicized incident during the American Civil War was is attributed to a Union soldier as related to Brig. Gen. A. L. Long of the Confederacy and Brigadier General Marcus Wright of the Federal Army,

I was at the Battle of Gettysburg myself, and an incident occurred there which largely changed my views of the Southern people. I had been a most bitter anti-South man, and fought and cursed the Confederacy desperately. I could see nothing good in any of them. The lost day of the fight I was badly wounded. A ball shattered my left leg. I lay on the ground not far from Cemetery Ridge, and as Gen. Lee ordered his retreat he and his officers rode near me.

As they came along I recognized him, and, though faint from exposure and loss of blood, I raised up my hands, looked Lee in the face, and shouted as loud as I could, ‘Hurrah for the Union!’ The general heard me, looked, stopped his horse, dismounted, and came toward me. I must confess that I at first thought he mean’t to kill me. But as he came up he looked at me with such a sad expression on his face that all fear left me, and I wondered what he was about. He extended his hand to me, grasping mine firmly, and looking right into my eyes said, ‘My son, I hope you will soon be well.’

If I live a thousand years I shall never forget the expression on Lee’s face. There he was defeated, retiring from the field that had cost him and his cause almost their last hope, and yet he stopped to say words like those to a wounded soldier of the opposition who had taunted him as he passed by! As soon as the general had left me I cried myself to sleep there upon the bloody ground.”

Source: My Brother’s Keeper; Union and Confederate Acts of Mercy During the Civil War.

Ghost Soldier in Devils Den?

Gettysburg is said to be the most haunted place in America. It’s even claimed if you spend an entire night on the battlefield it’s impossible to not have a paranormal experience. However not every paranormal encounter happens at night, this photo was taken in broad daylight. A woman snapped this photo while in Devils Den. She claims there were no reenactors in the area, what do you think?

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On this day, July 1st, in 1863 began the most famous battle of the American Civil War when elements of General Henry Heth’s Confederate division stumbled onto dismounted Federal cavalry troops from General John Buford’s division near Gettysburg, PA.

Reinforcements from both sides poured in and over the next two days a see-saw battle would rage with both sides claiming tactical victories and seizing or holding key terrain with no clear outcome.  

But on July 3rd in a desperate attempt to break the Union center on Cemetery Ridge, General Robert E. Lee threw over 12,000 relatively fresh Confederates into the attack.  The result was a devastating defeat for the south in what has come to be called, “Pickett’s Charge”, named for one of the division leaders of the assault, General George Pickett.

On July 4th, 1863, with both armies nearing exhaustion, General Lee ordered a withdrawal.  Commander of the Union Army of the Potomac General George Meade saw no capability to launch his army after the retreating Confederates, so Lee’s army would survive to fight for nearly two more years.

Although not readily apparent at the time, the Battle of Gettysburg, along with the Confederate’s loss of the fortress at Vicksburg, Mississippi, represented the turning point in the American Civil War.  Lee’s losses at Gettysburg could not be replaced, and never again would the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia take the strategic offensive.

Today in History: July 3rd 1863, the last day of Gettysburg. 

Confederate General Robert E Lee’s has a last attempt at breaking the Union line and it ends in a disastrous failure. 

This third day of Gettysburg, Lee, having failed on the right and the left, planned an assault Meade’s center. 15,000 men under General George Pickett was organized, and Lee ordered a massive bombardment of the Union positions. As Pickett’s force attempted to cross the mile distance to Cemetery Ridge, Union artillery blew great holes in their lines. Yankee infantry flanked them and cut down the Confederates. Only a few hundred reached the Union line, and within minutes they all were dead, dying, or captured. In less than an hour, more than 7,000 Confederate troops had been killed or wounded.

It wasn’t until the night of July 4, when Lee withdrew. 

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Study aesthetics 😍 while studying with @studyingtimelord for our first biology exam of the semester. It’s 75 degrees today even though it’s February and usually snowing at this time around here so we took advantage of the beautiful weather to study respiration and photosynthesis in the presence of photosynthesizing plants :)
Wish us luck!

Happy studying y'all