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Retreat from GettysburgLee, Logistics, and the Pennsylvania Campaign$
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Kent Masterson Brown, Esq.

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780807829219

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807869420_brown

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Use Your Sabres, Don'T Strike, But Thrust

Use Your Sabres, Don'T Strike, But Thrust

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Retreat from Gettysburg

Kent Masterson Brown

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter examines the clashes between General Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia and General George Gordon Meade's Union Army of the Potomac as the former made their retreat to Virginia during the Battle of Gettysburg in July 1863, at the height of the Civil War. As Lee and his troops headed toward Williamport, they were being pressured by Meade's men all the way to the base of the South Mountain range. Meade's troops advanced across the open fields toward the Fairfield Road from Cemetery Ridge, overtaking every Confederate hospital along the way, and capturing more and more prisoners. Meanwhile, Confederate infantry and artillery kept marching toward Monterey Pass until they closed in on their destination on the evening of July 5. Under Brigadier General John D. Imboden's direction, a defense line was successfully established east, northeast, and north of Williamsport.

Keywords:   retreat, Robert E. Lee, Northern Virginia, George Gordon Meade, Union Army, Battle of Gettysburg, Civil War, Williamport, South Mountain range, John D. Imboden

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