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Thirty five miles southwest of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, at a crossroads town named Gettysburg, one of the most important engagements of the Civil War took place. The battle was fought from July 1 to July 3, 1863. General Robert E. Lee marched his Army of Northern Virginia into Pennsylvania and was met by the Union’s Army of the Potomac, under the command of General George Meade. On July 3, General Lee ordered an attack by fewer than 15,000 troops on the enemy’s center at Cemetery Ridge. The assault known as “Pickett’s Charge,” was successful in piercing the Union lines but eventually failed, and with thousands of confederate casualties, Lee was forced to withdraw his army toward Virginia on July 4, 1863. The confidence to go on the offensive and invade the North for a second time came after the May 1863 victory scored by General Lee over the Army of the Potomac at Chancellorsville. During this time Vicksburg was under siege and Lee was hoping to bring the conflict out of Virginia and divert northern troops from Vicksburg. As a result of the defeat at Chancellorsville, President Lincoln had lost confidence in the Army of the Potomac’s commander, Joseph Hooker, and on June 28th, Lincoln named Major General George Gordon Meade as his successor. Meade jumped into action and ordered the pursuit of Lee’s army of 75,000. Upon hearing that Meade’s Army was on its way, Lee planned to assemble his army in Gettysburg.
Read the article in its entirety in the July 2015 Bevil newsletter, which accompanies the cover.
First Day of Issue
May 23, 2013
Gettysburg, PA 17325
Under the command of General Meade, nicknamed the google-eyed snapping turtle, the Union Army attacked General Lee and his army at Gettysburg. Battles occurred at locations of which have been engraved on the tablets of war; Peach Orchard, Devil's Ridge, East Cemetary Hill,
Round Top, and Wheatfield. Though it was repulsed, an attack known as "Picket's Charge" has become one of the most famous charges in war history.