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Super Gettysburg Command

Date Added: April 22, 2013 01:31:32 AM

Many people come and fill the rooms of the quaint hotels in Gettysburg, to get even a small taste of the famous battle that took place in the Civil War of America. Many of the great military heads were there to fight for what they thought was right. General Robert E Lee was the great Confederate General and he marched his army into Gettysburg. He was considered unstoppable and many men would be shaking in there boots to come up against the Army of Northern Virginia. But Major General George G Mead had other plans. He was put in charge of the Army of the Potomac only three days before the great Battle of Gettysburg. He had a harsh personality and temperament and it was hard to deal with the man but he lead his army into the greatest battle ever fought to date and defeated his great enemy, General Lee. Brig. General John Buford was commander of the cavalry division of the Army of the Potomac. He was the one who got the idea to stay over night and get the Confederates when they came through the next day. It was his choice they followed and is choice that lead them into the famous battle. General John F Reynolds was a highly respected Generals that served with the Army of the Potomac. He commanded the First Corps. He turned down the lead role, that went to Meade, and was sadly killed early in the battle near the McPherson Farm. His death was heavily felt throughout the army. A crucial play by the Confederate Lt. General James Longstreet would create some controversy about the battle. He was most trusted commander to Lee and he was in charge of the major southern attack on the last day of the battle. Then there was Major General Daniel Sickles with the Union army who was a colorful personality. He lost most of his men in the Southern battle as well as his own leg but was given the Congressional Medal of Honor. He, as a congressman, ended up sponsoring the bill that made the famous battlefield a national park.

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