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Myth – The battle was fought at Gettysburg because of the town's vital road network | CivilWarBattles.US
Popular lore has it that the armies clashed at Gettysburg because of its vital road system. Gettysburg was indeed attractive from a military standpoint, with its 11 roads radiating from the town like spokes on a wheel. Gettysburg Road Network Moving a huge army like the Army of the Potomac on a single road might require a column 75 miles long. If the head of the column encountered trouble, it could literally take days for the army's tail to make it to the scene. But having multiple roads allowed a commander to split his army into shorter columns which could then march on separate roads concurrently - thus allowing much faster movement, plus it made for a much more powerful striking force when the disparate columns suddenly converged at a single point. All that said, it's still an open question as to whether the opposing armies clashed at Gettysburg because of the town's strategic road system, or whether Gettysburg just happened to be where they bumped into each other. Neither army