The Civil War had been waged for two years when Confederate General Robert E. Lee marched into Pennsylvania on June 3, 1863, with 75,000 soldiers from the Army of Northern Virginia. General George G. Meade had 97,000 men ready under the Union flag of the Army of the Potomac. The greatest battle of the Civil War—at Gettysburg—came about by accident. The Battle of Gettysburg took a tremendous toll on the young men of America—51,000 casualties were recorded.
Although the Civil War continued for another two years, the Confederacy never fully reconstituted its army after the mangling at Gettysburg. “The world will little note, nor long remember, what we say here; but it can never forget what they did here.” Abraham Lincoln solemnly spoke ten sentences that said it all. On November 19, 1863, the cemetery at Gettysburg was dedicated. This eTrail has everything you need to plan a travel experience in the Pittsburgh area and includes details on Pittsburgh, Old Economy Village, Fort Necessity, Ohiopyle, Ligonier, Bedford, Bushy Run Battlefield, Johnstown, and Huntington.
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