Which of the following locations was NOT part of the fighting
during the second day of the Battle of Gettysburg?
a) Little Round Top
b) The Wheat Field
c) The Peach Orchard
d) Fort Sumter
Ulysses and Robert E. on a cannon on the Confederate lines on
Seminary Ridge. The field behind them is the site of the famous
Pickett's Charge. The two low hills in the background are Little
Round Top on the left and Big Round Top on the right.)
d) Fort Sumter. Fort Sumter marked the beginning of the American
Civil War. It was fought from April 12 to April 14, 1861, in Charleston,
The Battle of Gettysburg was
fought from July 1 to July 3, 1863. The Confederate army was led
by Robert E. Lee, and the Union army was led by George G. Meade.
On July 1, the Confederate army met the Union army west of Gettysburg.
They fought at McPherson's Ridge, the Railroad Cut, and McPherson's
Woods. The Confederate army pushed the Union army back through
the town. The armies' lines formed a "fishhook." The Confederate
army was located in a "fishhook" along Seminary Ridge, and the
Union army was located in a "fishhook" along Cemetery Ridge.
On July 2, the Confederate army confronted the Union army at Little
Round Top, Big Round Top, Devil's Den, the Wheat Field, the Peach
Orchard, Cemetery Ridge, and Culp's Hill. The Confederate army
gained some territory, and then fell back to its original line
along Seminary Ridge.
On July 3, fighting continued at Culp's Hill in the morning. In
the afternoon, the Confederate artillery began a 150-cannon barrage
on the Union line located on Cemetery Ridge. The Confederate army
then marched across the one mile open field towards the clump
of trees marking the center of the Union army's position. This
charge is known as Pickett's Charge. The two armies met at the
Angle on Cemetery Ridge. This position is known as the High Water
Mark. The Union army held off the assault, and the Confederate
army fell back.
After three days of fighting,
the Confederate army retreated from the battlefield, and the Union
army won the battle. As both armies left the field, over 61,000
men were dead or wounded. The Battle of Gettysburg was the bloodiest
battle of the Civil War.
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