The turning point of the civil War marked the defeat of Robert E. Lee's attempt to invade PA and reach Wash. D.C. It was fought between July 1 and 3, 1863, and took 20,451 Confederate and 23,003 Union lives. It is arguably the most famous battle in American history and the literature of the battle is enormous. General histories of the Civil War devote many pages to the analysis of its strategies and outcome, and many single volumes describe each maneuver, however small, in great detail. Although such works are invaluable to the historian and student of the battle, they are not helpful to the average visitor to the battlefield who wants a description of the battle in general terms, a selection of the most dramatic incidents, and an account of the extensive cemetery and park. W.C. Storrick's classic book satisfies all these requirements.
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