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American Civil War clash depicted on Battle of Gettysburg silver coin

The Battle of Gettysburg took place in July 1863 in and near the town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. This battle was one of the most important battles of the American Civil War. General Robert E. Lee, who led the Confederate Army, had invaded the North and was trying to defeat the Union Army, led by General George Meade, once and for all. However, the Union Army held him off and sent him retreating, leading to a major turning point in the war.

This seventh release in our Battles that Changed History collection features a stoic illustration of Union General George G. Meade. He stands against an antique, engraved background showing opposing troops engaged in ferocious battle.

Battle of Gettysburg

The Battle took place over three days. On the first day, the armies were still coming together. The Confederates outnumbered the Union initially and caused them to retreat through the town of Gettysburg towards the south side of town. General Lee wanted his men to continue the attack and finish off the Union troops. However, his men delayed and therefore provided the Union army with the opportunity to dig in and set up their defences.

By the second day, both armies were at full force. The Union had around 94,000 soldiers and the Confederates around 72,000. Lee commenced the attack and fierce fighting took place throughout the day with both sides taking heavy losses.

On the third day, General Lee decided to make an all or nothing attack. He felt that if he could win this battle, the South would win the war. He sent General Pickett, with 12,500 men, on a direct charge at the heart of the Union Army. This famous attack is called Pickett's Charge. Pickett's men were defeated with over half of them injured or killed. General Lee and the Confederate Army retreated. As General Meade and the Union Army had many casualties of their own to deal with, they did not pursue Lee's army.

While the Battle of Gettysburg was the deadliest battle of the Civil War, with around 46,000 casualties, it will long be remembered as a major turning point in American history.

This Battle of Gettysburg 1oz Silver Coin would be an historic delight for any history buff or coin collector. But with a limited mintage of only 5,000 coins available, get yours now before this becomes a rare relic.

Battle of Gettysburg - 1 oz Silver Coin

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