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Topics in Chronicling America - The Battle of Gettysburg

"The slaughter was perfectly unparalleled," reads the July 9, 1863 issue of Washington, D.C.'s Daily National Republican. July 1, 1863 marks the start of the Battle of Gettysburg; three days and over 50,000 casualties later, the battle ends when General Lee retreats with his troops in the early morning of July 4. Read more about it!

The information and sample article links below provide access to a sampling of articles from historic newspapers that can be found in the Chronicling America: American Historic Newspapers digital collection ( Use the Suggested Search Terms and Dates to explore this topic further in Chronicling America.


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Important Dates:

  • July 1-3, 1863. Fighting in and around the town of Gettysburg, PA, becomes the deadliest battle of the Civil War.
  • July 4, 1863. Confederate army retreats.

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  • [Try the following terms in combination, proximity, or as phrases using Search Pages in Chronicling America.] Lee, battle, fight, fighting, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, Union, Yankee, rebel, Confederate.
  • Narrow the date range to July of 1863 in the Advanced Search tab.

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