Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation

Baile Reynolds

The battle of Gettysburg began on July 1st,1883 and ended on July 3rd. This was a major battle that was not planned between the union and the confederate armies. Both armies crossed each other at the wrong times, and were both looking for a fight. Lee led his troops on a torturous retreat back to Virginia ,between 46,000 and 51,000 soldiers from both armies were casualties in the three day battle. After this brutal battle there laid 3,155 killed, 14,531 wounded, 5,369 missing and 23,055 all together for the union army. While the confederate have 4,708 killed, 12,693 wounded, 5,830 missing, with a total of 23,231. After this gruesome battle the graves began to be dug October 17, 1883. This was an emotional but never forgotten battle. After this atrocious battle Lincoln gave a speech called the Gettysburg Address to tell the disturbed public why the union had to fight, and win, the civil war. Lincoln states “The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here” it wasn’t only the bloodiest battle but the most ghastly of all. This battle field that lay all the brave lives taken, and fought for their nation, will die a hero, as well as be remembered as a hero. Lincoln states “we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate, we cannot hollow, this ground”. There is no power of us that can take away from how much these soldiers struggled and fought for our nation. The battle of Gettysburg was the most memorable of all battles and we now have lives to a new born freedom. Baile Reynolds Fisher High School Fisher, Il