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Currier & Ives The Battle of Gettysburg, PA, July 3d 1863.

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03445 Author/Creator: Currier & Ives Place Written: New York, New York Type: Print Date: circa 1863 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Handcolored lithograph, possibly contemporary with the battle. Caption reads "This terrific and bloody conflict between the gallant 'Army of the Potomac,' commanded by their great General George G. Meade, and the hosts of the rebel 'Army of the East' under General Lee, was commenced on Wednesday July 1st and ended on Friday the 3rd at 5 O'Clock P.M.--The decisive Battle was fought on Friday, ending in the complete rout & dispersion of the Rebel Army.--A Nations thanks and undying fame ever crown the Arms of the heroic soldiers, who fought with such unflinching bravery; this long and desperate fight."

People: Currier & Ives, fl. 1857-1907.

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Keywords/Subjects: Army of the Potomac, Civil War, Military History, Union Forces, Union General, Confederate General or Leader, Confederate States of America, Battle, Battle of Gettysburg, Bravery, Art, Music, Theater, and Film

Sub Era: The American Civil War