On July 3, 1863, the Battle of Gettysburg ended with a decisive Union victory. The Battle of Gettysburg would emerge as the turning point in the U.S. Civil War, often regarded the Confederacy’s last, best chance for an ultimate victory.Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, became the “High-Water Mark of the Confederacy.” This is not just a metaphor, but an actual location nicknamed “the Angle” in the Cemetery Ridge section of the Gettysburg battlefield. Hundreds of meters from the Angle, Confederate General Robert E. Lee ordered troops under General George Pickett to attack a Union stronghold. The High-Water Mark was the furthest north Pickett’s soldiers forced the Union to retreat, although nearly all Confederate soldiers were quickly captured or killed.
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry battlefield Noun
specific place where violence is carried out, as part of a larger war or other conflict.
activities designed to achieve a social, political, or military goal.
Civil War Noun
(1860-1865) American conflict between the Union (north) and Confederacy (south).
having to do with the Confederate States of America (south) during the Civil War.
able to make decisions with certainty.
very destructive or damaging.
terrible and damaging event.
to develop or come into view.
position of a particular point on the surface of the Earth.
Encyclopedic Entry: location maneuver Noun
a skillful movement.
word or phrase used to represent something else, or an understanding of one concept in terms of another concept.
invading or attacking, not defending.
to go back to a familiar or safe place.
to give up.
final or maximum.
having to do with states supporting the United States (north) during the U.S. Civil War.