Gettysburg and Vicinity, 1864

The Battle of Gettysburg

After Chancellorsville, northern morale sank to a new low. But, spirits soared when Union forces under General George G. Meade defeated General Lee’s troops at the Battle of Gettysburg July 1 – 3. Lincoln rejoiced at the news, but he was deeply unhappy with Meade for allowing Lee to retreat, writing, “He was within your grasp, and to have closed upon him would…have ended the war. As it is, the war will be prolonged indefinitely.”