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1863
June 30
John Buford's Union Cavalry enters Gettysburg
July 1,
Early Morning
Advance units of Henry Heth's Infantry Division of the Army of Northern Virginia clash with Buford's cavalry
July 1,
Midmorning
John Reynold's 1st corps of the Army of the Potomac arrives; stops Confederate advance; Reynolds killed
July 1,
Early Afternoon
Confederates renew attack; Ewell's corps arrives and attacks Union 11th corps; Lee arrives on Battlefield
July 1,
Late Afternoon

Union line breaks; survivors retreat through town to Cemetery Hill

Lee gives Ewell discretionary orders to attack Cemetery Hill; Ewell does not attack

July 1,
Midnight
Meade arrives on Battlefield; decides to stay and fight
July 2,
Morning
Longstreet recommends maneuver to South; Lee disagrees and orders Longstreet to attack Union Left on Cemetery Ridge
July 2,
4:00 PM to Dark
Longstreet's attack; heavy fighting in Peach Orchard, Wheat Field, Devil's Den, Little Round Top, Cemetery Ridge
July 2,
Dusk
Units of Ewell's corps attack Cemetery and Culp's Hills with limited access; Stuart's Cavalry and George Pickett's infantry division arrive on Battlefield
July 2,
Midnight
After counsel with subordinates, Meade decides to stay and fight
July 3,
Morning
Union 12th corps attacks and retakes trenches on Culp's Hill
July 3,
Afternoon
Cavalry battle three miles east of Gettysburg blocks Stuart's advance toward Union rear
July 3,
1:07 PM
Confederate artillery barrage begins, preceding Pickett's assault
July 3,
3:00-4:00 PM
Attack on Union Center, spearheaded by Pickett's division; repulsed, with heavy Confederate loss
July 4 Confederates begin retreat to Virginia
Fighting Photo
Original Animated Cannon
Fighting Photo