Own a piece of American history with this reproduction 1863 Gettysburg map, accompanied by an authentic three-ring Union bullet recovered from near a Civil War battleground. At least 50,000 soldiers on each side lost their lives in the three-day battle at Gettysburg, which halted Confederate General Lee’s advance on the North.
Certificate of authenticity included. 12"W x 15"L x 1 1/2"D.
The Battle of Gettysburg (July 3, 1863), fought in and around the town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, as part of the Gettysburg Campaign, had the largest number of casualties in the American Civil War and is frequently cited as the war’s turning point. Union Major General George Meade’s Army of the Potomac defeated attacks by Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia, ending Lee’s invasion of the North.
Following his success at Chancellorsville in May 1863, Lee led his army through the Shenandoah Valley for his second invasion of the North, hoping to reach as far as Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, or even Philadelphia, and to influence Northern politicians to give up their prosecution of the war. Prodded by President Abraham Lincoln, Major General Joseph Hooker moved his army in pursuit but was relieved almost on the eve of battle and replaced by Meade.
The two armies collided at Gettysburg on July 1, 1863, as Lee urgently concentrated his forces there. Low ridges to the northwest of the town were initially defended by a Union cavalry division, which was soon reinforced with two corps of Union infantry. However, two large Confederate corps assaulted them from the northwest and north, collapsing the hastily developed Union lines and sending the defenders retreating through the streets of town to the hills just to the south.
Between 46,000 and 51,000 Americans were casualties in the three-day battle. That November, President Lincoln used the dedication ceremony for the Gettysburg National Cemetery to honor the dead, both Union and Confederate, and redefine the purpose of the war in his historic Gettysburg Address.