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Important Dates from the Battle of Gettysburg

Updated: Mar 8, 2023

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We hope that you will check back often to read more about the battle itself, different ways tourists and students can enjoy learning about the battle, and hopefully pique your interest in learning and experiencing what our small town has to offer.

Important Dates: What was the Battle of Gettysburg?

The Battle of Gettysburg is considered to be one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War. The Civil War, fought between the years of 1861 and 1865, occurred due to several Southern states seceding from the United States of America and creating the Confederate States of America. In the interest of keeping the United States together, troops from the Northern states clashed with troops from the Southern states in a war that pit brother against brother.

The Confederate general - Robert E. Lee - had military successes in the first two years of the war. However, in an effort to bring the fighting to the North and sway public opinion against continued fighting, Lee marched his troops and eventually clashed with Union forces in the small town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

Abraham Lincoln delivering the Gettysburg Address in 1863
Abraham Lincoln delivering the Gettysburg Address on November 19th, 1863

The three day battle was one of the bloodiest of the entire war, resulting in about 51,000 men killed, wounded, or captured. However, the end of the battle marked a turning point for both sides. For the Confederacy, the loss is considered to be the high water mark. This means not only that the battle marks the furthest Confederate troops invaded North, but it also signifies the point in time when Confederate fortunes turned sour. For the Union army, the victory at Gettysburg not only helped helped shore up Northern public opinion for continued fighting, but it also led to President Abraham Lincoln delivering one of the most important speeches in history: The Gettysburg Address.

Timeline of the Battle of Gettysburg: A Lot Can Happen in 3 Days

July 1st, 1863

Confederate soldiers clash with Union General John Buford’s cavalry outside of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

Union forces retreat to Cemetery Hill, where they spend time shoring up defenses.

Union General John Reynolds is killed during the fighting, leading to command of the Union army passing to General George Meade.

July 2nd, 1863

Confederate troops continue to attack the Union soldiers at both Cemetery Hill and Little Round Top, but are ultimately unable to break the Union lines.

July 3rd, 1863

A devastating frontal assault on Cemetery Hill is led by General George Pickett and becomes known as Pickett’s Charge.

General Lee orders the retreat back to Virginia.

November 19th (Gettysburg Address): Two Minute Impact

Abraham Lincoln delivering the Gettysburg Address in 1863
Abraham Lincoln delivering the Gettysburg Address on November 19th, 1863

With a significant number of Union soldiers being buried where they fell on the battlefield, the United States Sanitary Commission helped to create the Gettysburg National Cemetery. As a dedication to the establishment of the cemetery, President Abraham Lincoln delivered “The Gettysburg Address” on November 19th, 1863. The speech - which is less than 275 words in length - conveyed the importance of preserving the United States, honoring the sacrifices of the soldiers, and upholding equality for all men. Lincoln’s simple, brief speech helped restore Northern purpose and drive at a time when morale in the North was low. The morale helped Union troops continue for another two years until Robert E. Lee’s surrender in 1865 at Appomattox Court House.

History in Your Hands

As you can see, we're really excited to share more than just the events of July 1st, 2nd, and 3rd of 1863! We hope that showcasing information for both residents and tourists alike will give readers a greater connection to Gettysburg. Staying up to date with Gettysburg current events not only keeps us informed in the present, but also allows us to stay connected to the past. These connections continue to honor those who sacrificed so much on the battlefield 160 years ago.


Take a moment to look at our unique hand-crafted items made from the wood of the Battle of Gettysburg. Each piece is made with care and attention to detail and is a perfect addition to any history enthusiast's collection. They also make wonderful gifts!

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