Presented by the Weider History Group and American Military University
How important is the Battle of Gettysburg to the study, discussion, and portrayal of the Civil War today? How do historians interpret a single battle that changed the way Lincoln viewed the Civil War?
Known as the bloodiest battle in the Civil War, the Battle of Gettysburg became the war’s turning point for the Union as Maj. Gen. Gordon Meade fended off Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee’s invasion of the North. Spread out over three days of fighting characterized by heavy cavalry charges, massive infantry assaults, and aggressive tactics; the Battle of Gettysburg represents the climax of the Civil War and its everlasting impression on American history. Aside from the severe loss of life on the battlefield, what about Gettysburg led to its notoriety and how do interpretations by historians and scholars impact how Americans view the battle? What are the implications of calling it a “decisive victory” for the Union and how were both sides of the war impacted by this costly battle?
Watch American Military University and the Weider History Group’s recorded webast event that brought to light aspects of the Battle of Gettysburg ranging from the importance of the battle, to our memory of the Civil War, to how the battle is still being fought as Americans debate various interpretations of the battlefield.
The webcast also included a question and answer session.
This event is part of a series of three Civil War webcasts sponsored by AMU and the Weider History Group. Other events included: