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Gettysburg--The Second Day$
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Harry W. Pfanz

Print publication date: 1987

Print ISBN-13: 9780807817490

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807869734_pfanz

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The Army of the Potomac, 1 July

The Army of the Potomac, 1 July

(p.30) Chapter 3 The Army of the Potomac, 1 July
Gettysburg--The Second Day

Harry W. Pfanz

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter describes events involving the Army of the Potomac. 1 July 1863 was a momentous day for the Army of the Potomac and the nation. A portion of the army suffered a resounding defeat at Gettysburg and yet General Meade decided to continue the battle there rather than retire from Pennsylvania to the security of the planned position along Pipe Creek. He ordered the Army of the Potomac to concentrate at Gettysburg and rode forward to command it there. Because of his aggressive decision, by midnight of 1 July the bulk of the Army of the Potomac, like the Army of Northern Virginia, was at or near Gettysburg and would be prepared to give battle next day.

Keywords:   Gettysburg, Civil War, Confederates, Federals, General Meade, Army of Northern Virginia

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