In the last blog I listed the first five (out of 10) battlefields, in chronological order, that Ken Burns picked to visit. Here are the other five, beginning of course with Gettysburg.
After a spectacular battle at Chancellorsville, Robert E. Lee moved the army of Northern Virginia into Pennsylvania. He felt he needed to take the War to the North. The two armies came together at Gettysburg in a titanic struggle, and in retrospect, this was probably the most decisive battle of the War.
From July 1-3, 1863 the two armies fought. On the third day General George Pickett led his infamous, disastrous charge from Seminary Ridge to Cemetery Ridge, where the Yankees held the high ground. Lee and his army was defeated and pushed back into Virginia. Some say this was the beginning of the end for the Confederates.
Vicksburg is Mr. Burns next pick. The battle for the Miss river ended the day after Gettysburg. The North had laid siege to Vicksburg for days and finally on July 4, the people of Vicksburg surrendered. This meant a double victory for the Union cause with both Gettysburg and Vicksburg.
The last three coming up in our next blog!!!