THE ROAD TO
Hooker's defeat at Chancellorsville opened the way for Lee
to launch his second great invasion above the waters of the
Potomac. Charged to meet this dire threat to the north was
George Gordon Meade who was given command of the
Army of the Potomac after Hooker's removal. On 1 July,
detachments from both Union and Confederate forces met
to the northwest of Gettysburg in a battle that continued
to grow in intensity until two Federal and two Confederate
corps were engaged in heavy fighting. By nightfall, the rest
of the grand armies were gravitating towards that small
Pennsylvania town to play out one of the greatest moments
in American military history.
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Publication information: Book title: War on Two Fronts:Shiloh to Gettysburg. Contributors: John Cannan - Editor. Publisher: Combined Books. Place of publication: Conshohocken, PA. Publication year: 1994. Page number: Not available.
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