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The Great Invasion

Following his victory at Chancellorsville in May, 1863, General Lee received approval from his government to invade the north. Lee hoped an invasion would fuel the northern peace movement and, at least, disrupt the Union war effort. After the death of Stonewall Jackson, Lee's Army of Northern Virginia, had been reorganized into three army corps under Longstreet, Ewell, and A.P. Hill. On June 3, advance troops of the Confederate army left their camps near Fredericksburg and marched west toward the Shenandoah Valley.
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Philadelphia  -  The Civil War

Philadelphia is often noted as a shrine of the Revolutionary War, but the city played a most significant role in the American Civil War, earning it the title of “Arsenal of the North”.
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Gettysburg

In 1863 Gettysburg had a population of 2,400 and was at the
center of a network of some ten roads. Small farms with cultivated fields, orchards, and woodlots that concealed outcroppings of granite boulders surrounded the town.
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Gettysburg Campaign

From July 1 to 3, 1863, in and around the small Pennsylvania town of Gettysburg, the Federal Army of the Potomac and the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia fought one of the bloodiest battles in American history. More than 170,000 men fought in it, and over 50,000 became casualties. Retrace the drama and spectacle
of the Gettysburg Campaign. Spend one day on each of the days of the battles. Learn about the military maneuvers and tactics of Lee, Meade, Longstreet, and Buford with our historian guide. 
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