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|Photos by Ben Prepelka|
A major stagecoach stop on the way west from Philadelphia, the crossroads at Gettysburg was also the scene of the most crucial battle of the Civil War. During the last days of June and the first few days of July (1863), 165,000 soldiers poured into the Gettysburg area. And beginning on the morning of July 1st a desperate struggle ensued, covering the surrounding fields and orchards of Gettysburg, throughout the city streets and across Chambersburg Pike. The Union's
Iron Brigade fought bravely until the last of their cartridges were gone. At first day's end, fresh Confederate forces pushed Union regiments from the McPherson farm, and across the valley to Seminary Ridge. When the sun set on Gettysburg after the first day of fighting, Confederate troops had finally occupied the area around the McPherson Farm and Union General John F. Reynolds lay dead.
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