battle of gettysburg

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In 1861 and 1862, Confederate armies achieved many victories over their Northern counterparts. By the summer of 1863, General Robert E. Lee was in command of the Army of Northern Virginia. General Lee decided upon an invasion of the north, which would pull both armies from war torn northern Virginia, where most of the fighting had previously been. By invading the north and particularly, winning the victory in the north, it might cause disenchanted northerners to pressure the …

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…most of the time. As a result, the North’s economy came to depend more on trade than on agriculture. “Such an economy favored the growth of cities, though most Northerners still live in rural areas.” (McPheron 43) The Northern politicians wanted tariffs, and a large army. The Southern plantation owners wanted the exact opposite. The Southerners enjoyed a prosperous agricultural based on slave labor and wished to keep their old way of life. ------------------------------------------------------------------------ **Bibliography**