Gettysburg July I 1863

CONFEDERATE;THE ARMY OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA

'If there is no objection, I will take my Division tomorrow and go to Gettysburg.' With these words Major-General Henry Heth set in train the course of events culminating in the titanic clash around the small Pennsylvania town of Gettysburg. On July 1 two Confederate Corps swept towards this strategic crossroads as Federal troops fought a desperate delaying action. The men of the Army of Northern Virginia were the best in the Confederacy. Under Robert E. Lee they had whipped every Federal force sent against them, and they were confident this time would be no exception. As the first attacks swept forward full of confidence they were met by a storm of fire. Judging from the determinarion of their bluecoated adversaries this was going to be no ordinary fight.

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