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Best single sentence summary of Day 1 of the battle

Discussion in 'Battle of Gettysburg' started by E_just_E, Sep 15, 2017.

  1. E_just_E

    E_just_E Moderator Moderator

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    I was at the battlefield yesterday. I have to admit that I do not really pay much attention to the historical markers, but I had a look at this one by the McPherson barn. I think that it is likely the best single (or 2 actually) sentence summary of the day 1 of the battle I have seen:

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    (they could have added something about Arrival of Corps I stalled the Confederates, before the Ewell bit, but that would have been too long :smile: )
     

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  3. LtRusell

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    A perfect example of saying what needs to be said, with fat on it. Nice picture too.
     
  4. connecticut yankee

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    I think an equally good one might be: "Yankees lose, Confederates win."
     
  5. JOHN42768

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    Good old favorite " The beginning of the end"
     
  6. Rio Bravo

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    Once again, the absence of Stuart had a fatal influence on Confederate decision-making !
     
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  7. E_just_E

    E_just_E Moderator Moderator

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    Agreed! But this Stuart
     
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    After much thought, I think mine is, "Can't we get shoes somewhere else?"
     
  9. 1stMN

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    I'd also add something like, "Close but no cigar."

    ...of course, McClellan had the cigars in hand for Antietam and still managed to make it close. :smile coffee:
     
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  10. jackt62

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    Factually correct, but doesn't convey the intensity of the fighting that went on all that day.
     
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  11. Jamieva

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    The held off 2 whole armies!!!
     
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    As far as raw violence goes, July 1st was a knife fight in a telephone booth.
     
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    I like the wording of "drove Union troops to the south of town". I have this visual of everyone piling out of the minivan and shouting, "Thanks for the ride!" :smile:
     
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    Yep....drove sounds too Leave it to Beaver....hauled A** is much more realistic :D
     
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    At least they didn't say "routed Union troops."
     
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    ...rather than flee, the Union Army set-up a formidable position on Cemetery Ridge that helped determine the outcome of the battle.
     
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    My fav.

    I think the Union Army had something to do with it.

    Wraps a nice big bow around the Union victory.
     
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