Top 10 Interesting Facts About the Battle at Gettysburg

From July 1 to July 3, 1863, Gettysburg was the site of one of the largest battles of the American Civil War, the deadliest by a wide margin, and one that is widely considered the closest the South came to winning. On top of that, on November 19, 1863, it was the location where Abraham Lincoln delivered the most celebrated speech in American history, referenced by such great people as Martin Luther King. But such an historic battle has more to it than our history books often care to mention, so clearly Gettysburg is worth getting to know better.

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10. The Whole Battle Started Over Shoes
9. The Oldest Soldier Of The Civil War Volunteered In The Middle Of It
8. Lee’s Heart
7. The Northern Commanding General Was Brand New
6. One Of The Heroes Of The Battle: George Custer
5. The Soldier With the Horrifying Fate
4. The Horrifying Aftermath
3. No-Casino Campaign
2. Lincoln Was Really Ill While Delivering His Address
1. Many Thought The Address Was Awful

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21 thoughts on “Top 10 Interesting Facts About the Battle at Gettysburg

  1. antares4s October 8, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    Too many errors in fact here.

  2. Laura Kalin October 8, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    What does a Brit know about our CW? Wrong!

  3. Alexander Thompson October 8, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    Potomac is pronounced like Potomick.

  4. Don Ricardo JR October 8, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    Wow, are you kidding me? You sure don't know what a "Tommy Gun " is, apparently; not for long range, but I'd be glad to have it! Fully auto .45 caliber drum-fed death machine! Where's it at?

  5. david perry October 8, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    Why in the hell do you have a euro dictating an American history event ?

  6. canyohandleth1s October 8, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    One question. How did the natives feel about these stupid people fighting each other in THEIR land? Must be really odd, like africans coming to Sweden and kill each other. Stupid and not worth crying over, except loosing their land to a bunch of maniacs from a totally different world. And YES i'm a native myself and have nothing against africans or any other kind of human being. It was only to point out the difference.

  7. Clayton Rodgers October 8, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    When a brit talks about american history like he knows it all

  8. SKINNY STRANGER October 8, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    And thus it was on

  9. Right Wing Extremist October 8, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    I am honored to live very close to Gettysburg. I go there very often
    Plus I had family who fought there. I love it there

  10. propilotpdx October 8, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    Wow this guy has no idea… amazing

  11. Karl Fonner October 8, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    To all the poor souls who is their lives and

  12. Daniel Trotter October 8, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    One has to wonder if Lee's alleged heart attack (he cited his symptoms as rheumatism) had been worse, and Longstreet had been forced to take command, how different the battle would have turned out. Longstreet favored withdrawing from the position the army currently occupied and interposing it between Meade and Washington, DC on better ground. That would have forced Meade to attack instead of defend, putting him in a tactically inferior position.

  13. Shane Dufresne October 8, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    Just because you make a video and put it on You Tube, doesn't make it true. Most of these are legends, unsubstantiated or completely false. Back to history class for you.

  14. John Brazil October 8, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    Look me up at my Ghettysburg address. A. Lincoln…

  15. Owen Ward October 8, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    The confederate could have won the battle of gettysburg if Stuart didnt have to make a huge detour around union troops which the Calvary was Robert E. Lee's eyes and ears and with better communication the south could have won and they wouldn't have had to fight blind

  16. firstName lastName October 8, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    this brit should talk about how the colonials kicked the brits ass

  17. firstName lastName October 8, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    Lee wanted harrisburg and philadelphia, not gettysburg

  18. Matt Callery October 8, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    Borritt is a 20th century author, not an 1863 journalist present at Lincoln's address

  19. Zachary Lee October 8, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    The J.E.B. in J.E.B. Stuart is pronounced "Jeb."

  20. ManilaJohn01 October 8, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    Heth stated himself in his memoirs that his brigades marched into Gettysburg looking for shoes. That's evidence. Some historians choose not to believe it based on questionable logic.

  21. Dom Jervis October 8, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    The Battle of Gettysburg never should have happened. If McClellan weren't such a WIMP, he'd have destroyed Lee's army and ended the war at Antietam in November 1862. Look it up.
    As for Lee, he should have hanged (along with all of his generals and J. Davis) instead of winding up with a college named after him, i.e. Washington & Lee.
    Such JUSTICE that Arlington National Cemetery was put right in his front yard!

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