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President Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln, sixteenth President of the United States, was born near Hodgenville, Kentucky on February 12, 1809. His family moved to Indiana when he was seven and he grew up on the edge of the frontier. He had very little formal education, but read voraciously when not working on his father’s farm.  A childhood friend later recalled Lincoln's "manic" intellect, and the sight of him red-eyed and tousle-haired as he pored over books late into the night.  In 1828, at the age of nineteen, he accompanied a produce-laden flatboat down the Mississippi River to New Orleans, Louisiana—his first visit to a large city--and then walked back home.  Two years later, trying to avoid health and finance troubles, Lincoln's father moved the family moved to Illinois. Civil War Trust

General George G. Meade

George Gordon Meade was one of the few Union generals who began his life and career in a foreign country.  Born in Cadiz, Spain, Meade came to America after he and his family were financially ruined during the Napoleonic Wars.  He received an appointment to the United State Military Academy, in 1831, and attended the school primarily as a result of his financial situation. Military Trust

Meade's Headquarters

General George Meade made his headquarters at the Leister Farm on the Taneytown Road. It is on  this site on July 2nd 1863, Meade's famous council of war was held. The Leister Farm

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Gettysburg 1863

What started out as a minor skirmish soon explodes into the deadliest battle ever to take place on United States soil. Over one hundred sixty thousand soldiers converge on a small Pennsylvania farm town better known as Gettysburg. For the next three days, over fourty thousand men will be killed, wound, or missing. Gettysburg 

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Confederate Forces

President Jefferson Finis Davis

Jefferson Finis Davis, the first and only President of the Confederate States of America, was a planter, politician and soldier born in Kentucky and raised in Mississippi. Davis was the tenth and youngest child of Revolutionary War soldier Samuel Davis and his wife Jane Cook Davis (Finis in Latin means final—the couple wanted no more children after Jefferson). Born June 3, 1808, he was heavily influenced by his oldest brother, Joseph, who saw to it that he was well educated. Davis attended college in Kentucky at Transylvania before entering the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1824. Civil War Trust

General Robert E. Lee

For some the man Robert E. Lee is an almost god like figure. For others he is a paradox. Robert E. Lee was born on January 19, 1807 at Stratford, Virginia. Robert was the fourth child of a Revolutionary War hero Henry "Light Horse Harry" Lee and Ann Hill Carter Lee. American History

Lee's Headquarters

One July 1, 1863, General Robert E. Lee established his headquarters in the old stone Thomas house located on the Chambersburg Pike overlooking Seminary Ridge. It is at this site where Lee along with his staff planned the Battle of Gettysburg. Hallowed Ground

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