Civil War 150th Anniversary: The Battle of Gettysburg

The 150th anniversary of the U.S. Civil War is a time to reflect on four years of fighting, North against South and sometimes brother against brother. The bloodiest of the fights occurred in July of 1863 on a small battlefield near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The Feature Story offers an overview of the divide between the Union—those states that wanted to keep the country united—and the Confederacy, those states that wanted to secede from the United States of America. The events that led to the Battle of Gettysburg, a turning point in the conflict, are reviewed. READ MORE

The Need to Know section offers a detailed account of the events leading up to the Battle of Gettysburg, the officers who commanded troops on each side of the conflict, accounts of skirmishes within the battle, and the strategies of the armies involved. In addition, a number of biographies, images, maps, primary documents, and other reference entries offer additional information on the actors in this bloodiest contest of the Civil War. READ MORE

The Examine section of this History and the Headlines encourages students to explore newspaper accounts during the time of the Battle of Gettysburg from both the Union and Confederate perspectives. The Examine also includes a link to a longer version of this lesson plan, which is located on ABC-CLIO’s Support Center. READ MORE

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