Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words that Remade America Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Why was the Battle of Gettysburg such an important event?

The Battle of Gettysburg was considered to be a turning point in the Civil War. It was a time when Lincoln hoped to declare victory over the Confederacy.

2. Both the North and South confessed to making mistakes in their battle plans. What were the mistakes?

General Robert E. Lee made a mistake when he attempted to invade the North; General George Meade, made the mistake of allowing Lee's troops to get away.

3. What were the repercussions of the mistakes made by both generals?

Both General Lee and General Meade attempted to resign over the huge mistakes they made at Gettysburg, but neither Jefferson Davis nor Abraham Lincoln would allow his general to resign.

4. Lincoln believed that the tone of his address would have to reflect what emotions and beliefs?

Lincoln felt it was imperative to give some comfort to the families who lost their loved ones in battle. It was also important to boost the morale of the Union Army.

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