Battle of Gettysburg

Battle of Gettysburg

Often described as the Civil War’s turning point, the Battle of Gettysburg took place on July 1-3, 1863, in the town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. It was an extremely bloody battle, in the midst of an extremely bloody war. But in the end, the Union troops led by George G. Meade were victorious over the Confederate army led by Robert E. Lee.

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Library of Congress: Gettysburg Address5 stars

In 1863, David Wills, a Pennsylvania judge, was given the task of "cleaning up the horrible aftermath of the [Civil War] battle" at Gettysburg. Wills acquired seventeen acres for a national cemetery and three weeks before its dedication, invited President Lincoln to "formally set apart these grounds to their sacred use by a few appropriate remarks." Lincoln's brief remarks at the cemetery on November 19, 1863 became one of the most memorable presidential speeches ever given. Can you recite it? "Four score and seven years ago . . ."

Gettysburg Foundation: The Battle of Gettysburg4 stars

The Gettysburg Foundation is a private, non-profit educational organization that works with the National Park Service. Much of their site pertains to visiting the Battlefield, but under the Learn menu tab, we'll find some educational goodies for students. "Gettysburg. This place was a small town in July 1863, situated at the crossroads of a network of byways. But that summer, that advantageous location became Gettysburg's curse, as all roads led to the largest battle ever fought on American soil."

National Park Service: Gettysburg4 stars

This kids section from the Gettysburg National Military Park answers lots of questions about the Battle and the War, in a kid-friendly voice. "Whew! You need a scorecard to keep track of everyone who was important at the Battle of Gettysburg! Check out who some of the big (and little) shots were." Be sure to click on the underlined section titles, as they lead to more content. And don't miss the printable twenty-question quiz The Gettysburg History Challenge.

PBS: The Civil War: Battle of Gettysburg4 stars

"The Battle of Gettysburg, the second day: By the morning of July 2, 1863, 150,000 Union and Confederate troops had converged on the little Pennsylvania town." From the companion website for Ken Burn's PBS film, The Civil War, we find three maps that summarize the three days of the Battle of Gettysburg. Each page has a short annotation, and a thumbnail map you'll need to click to enlarge. To view Day Two and Day Three, look in the left-hand vertical navigation menu.

US Army: The Battle of Gettysburg5 stars

"The summer of 1863 would mark the turning point in one of the bloodiest periods of American history. Tens of thousands had already perished in the great conflict known as the American Civil War. Hundreds of thousands more would die by the time it was all over." This beautifully produced Flash site is my Gettysburg pick of the day. If Flash is not your thing, there is a text-only version (look for the link in the footer.) After the intro, the Battle of Gettysburg is summarized, play by play, day by day. Additional topics are listed below the main playing screen. They include Profiles, Weaponry, Statistics, and Resources (links to more Civil War pages and a free Gettysburg poster download.)

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Honorable Mentions

The following links are either new discoveries or sites that didn't make it into my newspaper column because of space constraints. Enjoy!

The American Civil War: The Battle of Gettysburg

American Civil War: Kids Zone: Battle of Gettysburg

Battle of Gettysburg Buff

EyeWitness to History: The Battle of Gettysburg, 1863

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Feldman, Barbara. "Battle of Gettysburg." Surfnetkids. Feldman Publishing. 29 Jun. 2010. Web. 4 Sep. 2015. < >.

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