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The Battle of Gettysburg

Field of Gettysburg, July 1st, 2nd, & 3rd, 1863
Theodore Ditterline
Field of Gettysburg, July 1st,
2nd, & 3rd, 1863.

From Sketch of the Battle of
Gettysburg . . . .

New York: C. Alvord, 1863
Geography & Map Division
Purchase, 1902 (42A.2)

One of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War was fought in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, on July 1-3, 1863. General Robert E. Lee came face to face with a Union army led by General George Meade. On July 3, Lee sent three divisions, about 15,000 men in all, against the Union. This oval-shaped map by Theodore Ditterline depicts troops and artillery positions along with roads, railways, and houses with names of residents. The Library has one of the finest collections of Civil War printed maps and the foremost collection of Confederate field maps, numbering more than 2,300.

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