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I'm going to guess it was named due to it's proximity to Cemetery Hill which, itself, was named after the Evergreen Cemetery. Both of which pre-date the battle and the National Cemetary.


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Probably not. Posey's brigade had only 1300 men. Wright was advancing into the gap left when the III corps under Sickles advanced out to the Peach Orchard and Emmitsburg Road. Odds are that Posey would have been advancing into the II, I, and XI corps units on the hill that the next day would repel Pickett's Charge. Posey would have been exposed to ...


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tl; dr While obtaining supplies (including shoes) for the army was an important objective, Heth's advance into Gettysburg was a reconnaissance in force to determine the actual composition of Union forces that had been observed in Gettysburg by Brigadier-General Pettigrew on 30 June. The evidence In his report following the Gettysburg Campaign, Major-...


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The Confederacy was fighting to become an independent nation. Although we call it the "Civil War," the term may cause confusion, sometimes. The Confederacy started a campaign to attack the North to force it to surrender, but it was not attempting to conquer and take over the North. It wanted the North to surrender and allow it to accept it's secession. The ...


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Cemetery Ridge contained Cemetery Hill which in turn contained the Evergreen Cemetery that served the city of Gettysburg. In was (unfortunately) aptly named, because by the time the three day battle ended, it became a cemetery that "served" the whole nation, not just the one city. The National Cemetery was so named here for this reason. "The brave men, ...


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It hardly matters, since even if such a thing happened, Washington DC was crammed with troops and surrounded by forts, Grant had just taken Vicksburg and the entire army there and Rosecrans was driving Bragg into Georgia. So there would have been plenty of good news coming in, and no need to comply with such a letter. And the chance of a 'destroying the ...


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