The greatest and most crucial battle of the civil war, the battle of Gettysburg; began as a quest for shoes. It was, and still remains, the bloodiest battle on North American soil. It was the turning point of the war and ultimately led to the beginning of the end of the war.
The battle of Gettysburg started July 1, 1863. The South (Confederates) came in to Gettysburg from the north and the North (Union) came from the south. Confederate General Hill received a report that morning, from one of his divisions, that shoes were available in Gettysburg. Unaware of the Unions presence there, Hill ordered that division to go get those shoes. No more than three miles away from town the Confederate advanced guard ran smack dab in the middle of General John Bufords Union cavalry. Both sides sent out for reinforcements.
Soon after the word for reinforcements were sent out, the Confederate and Union divisions in the area converged on Gettysburg. The Confederate forces, out numbering Bufords cavalry, pushed the advancing Union forces back through the town. General Reynoldss division arrived at noon to relieve the exhausted cavalry. Reynolds was killed within the hour
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