The Battle of Gettysburg was fought was fought from July 1st to July 3rd 1863 in the town of Gettysburg Pennsylvania during the American Civil War. This battle between the Union Army and Confederate forces ended with the largest number of casualties in the entire war, with more than 50,000 soldiers killed in action. Confederate General Robert E. Lee was emboldened by his previous victory in Chancellorsville Virginia and headed north for another invasion into Union territory. Lee’s goal was to crush the Union forces at Gettysburg and ultimately discourage them from continuing their war efforts. At one point in the battle, more than 12,000 Confederate soldiers came over the ridge and charged towards enemy lines. Union Army General Meade had predicted this move and unleashed a barrage of artillery fire on the Confederates with disastrous results. More than half of those men were left dead on the fields of Gettysburg. The Confederate loss was a devastating blow to moral, ultimately leading to General Lee’s surrender and the end of the Civil War in 1865.