Wednesday, July 1, 2009
This Day In History ~ 1863
On this day, 146 years ago, in 1863, the Battle of Gettysburg began. It pitted the Army of Northern Virginia, led by Confederate General Robert E. Lee against the Army of the Potomac, led by Major General George Gordon Meade. The three day battle began on July 1st and was Lee's second invasion of the North. The deadliest battle of the entire war, it was considered the turning point that led to the eventual victory of the North.
The photograph above was made by Timothy O'Sullivan of Mrs. Leister's house on Cemetery Ridge, where General Meade made his headquarters. The photograph below is unattributed. It shows the headquarters of General Robert E. Lee in Gettysburg. Both photographs are courtesy of the Albin O. Kuhn Library at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.