July 1-3, 2017 marks the 154th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, the decisive battle of the American Civil War. Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee launched his second invasion of the Northern states. Lee sought to capitalize on recent Confederate victories and defeat the Union army on Northern soil, which he hoped would force the Lincoln administration to negotiate for peace. Lee also sought to take the war out of the ravaged Virginia farmland and gather supplies for his Army of Northern Virginia. Using the Shenandoah Valley as cover for his army, Lee was pursued first by Union Maj. Gen. Joseph Hooker, and then by Maj. Gen. George G. Meade, who replaced Hooker in late June. Lee’s army crossed into Pennsylvania mid-June, and by June 29th had reached the Susquehanna River opposite Harrisburg and at Wrightsville. The opposing forces collided at the crossroads town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, on the morning of July 1st. In severe fighting, the Confederates swept the Federals from the fields west and north of town, but were unable to secure Cemetery Hill and Culp’s Hill to the south. The following day, as reenforcements arrived on both sides, Lee attacked the Federals on the heights, and also Little Round Top further south, but failed to dislodge the defenders. On July 3rd, Lee attacked the Union center on Cemetery Ridge and was repulsed in what is now known as Pickett’s Charge. Lee’s second invasion of the North had failed, and had resulted in heavy casualties on both sides. An estimated 51,000 soldiers were killed, wounded, captured, or listed as missing after Gettysburg.
Read more: Civil War Trust – Gettysburg
General George Armstrong Custer was also at “Gettysburg”, keeping Southern Calvary Major General J. E. B. Stuart busy on the outskirts of Gettysburg in Hanover, Pennsylvania.
Iced Earth – Gettysburg (1863)
Iced Earth’s first DVD release is something different than most DVDs released by metal bands. Instead of containing live footage, it provides a deeper look at the ‘Gettysburg (1863)’, the musical trilogy that appeared on 2004’s ‘The Glorious Burden’, as well as the Civil War battle that inspired it.
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Iced Earth Gettysburg Trilogy
A tribute to the American Civil War using parts from the “Gettysburg” film and the whole Iced Earth trilogy about Gettysburg.
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