Written by Jill Morrison
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Gettysburg is a special place because of its rich historical property. It is frequented by visitors and is close to Baltimore and Washington D.C. The town is mostly known for it's relevance in the Civil War.

Gettysburg and the Civil War

The Battle of Gettysburg in the Civil War is a well-known historical event. It took place from July 1-3, in 1863. There were an estimated 51,000 casualties in this battle.

The principal commanders in the battle were General George G. Meade for the Union, and General Robert E. Lee for the Confederacy. An estimated 158,000 total forces were engaged. The Union army was victorious in this battle.

President Abraham Lincoln dedicated a portion of the battlefield as a national cemetery. On November 19, 1863, he delivered the memorable, "Gettysburg Address" on location. This moment was significant because it ended hopes of formal recognition by foreign governments for the Confederacy.

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