the story of The Battle of Gettysburg

the story of The Battle of Gettysburg✅ [PDF / Epub] ☉ the story of The Battle of Gettysburg By Colin Hynson ⚣ – A dramatic way to explore true life stories from history Each graphic novel in this brilliant new series brings to life major historical events and key figures from the past Packed with historical fac A dramatic way to of The PDF Ç explore true life stories from history Each graphic novel in this brilliant new series brings to life major historical events and key figures from the past Packed with historical factsIncludes the victories defeats and the major leaders from one of the bloodiest wars in history. This volume in the ticktock graphic non fiction series 'the story of ' presents a colourful approach to historical events surrounding the Battle of Gettysburg that took place over three days 1 2 and 3 July 1863 The battle consisted of a series of engagements that saw heavy losses sustained by both sides 23000 on the Union side and 25000 on the Confederate side It is said to mark the turning point of the American Civil War as the Confederate troops retreated as a well defeated army General Robert E Lee told his officers that they had no alternative as there were not enough troops to continue the battle so the retreat was orderedColin Hynson's narrative in picture form begins with the background to the slavery uestion with the southerners saying such as 'Of course we need our slaves They work in our fields and homes We treat them well We provide them with food and somewhere to live' while the northerners' view was 'Manufacturing that's the future of this country And free labour We don't need slaves in our factories'The views of the south and north were diametrically opposed so when Abraham Lincoln became president in 1860 most of southern states left the United States And once the first major battle had taken place at Bull Run on 21 July 1861 the Civil War had begun Although many onlookers did not realise the seriousness of the battle for ordinary people supporting the Union soldiers were looking on enjoying their picnics However when the Union troops were driven back straight through the ranks of shocked civilians they uickly realised that things were serious than they at first thoughtAfter many battles with fluctuating fortunes General Lee moved his troops northwards towards the small town of Gettysburg in Pennsylvania to meet General Meade's union army; the two sides first came face to face on 30 June when Confederate troops searching for supplies entered the town Thereafter the main battles took place at McPherson's Ridge Cemetery Hill Seminary Ridge and Cemetery Ridge At MacPherson's the Confederates took a decisive advantage when the Union's General Reynolds was shot after which 60% of his men were killed in the battle that followedOn the following day Major General Winfield Hancock brought order back to what might have been a chaotic retreat by the Union soldiers and although the Confederates took Little Round Top on Cemetery Ridge they were unable to maintain their position and at Big Round Top the Unionists triumphed and the Confederates retreatedThen on the third day General Lee introduced General Pickett into the attack so as to re take the initiative But it did not work as artillery and gunfire rained down on the advancing Confederates And then when General Kemper rode forward to urge his troops on he was shot and severely wounded and that signalled a loss of all discipline and the Confederates were done for even though they reached the Union lines At this point Union soldiers arrived to support their artillery and the Confederates retreated leaving over 1000 soldiers either dead or woundedOn 4 July General Lee admitted defeat to his officers and two months later Lee met General Grant to formally accept his surrender although it would take almost two years of struggle and slaughter before Lee would finally surrender to Grant at Appomattox to end the bloodiest conflict that was the American Civil WarAs well as the story of the battle the author presents a useful 'Timeline of Gettysburg' which not only covers the events of those three days but puts them into context of the war as a whole He also gives an interesting little 'Do you know' section of the war and a glossary of terms These all add to the enjoyment that this fascinating and well presented account brings to the reader