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Michael Rickman

HIS 200: Applied History

Southern New Hampshire University

May 27, 2022

Topic and Research Question

Topic: For my historical event analysis, I have chosen to focus on the Battle of Gettysburg and the event that lead up to and the strategic planning that was involved with the victory of the union. The Battle of Gettysburg was significant because it was the turning point in the civil and it gave the north the morale boost it needed to end the confederate General Robert E. Lees bold plan to invade.

In my research I will examine the planning and execution from the Union side lead by George G. Meade. I will like to get a better idea of the mindset the union Army had and answer the following research question: How much training was there before the battle started to get the Union Army ready for battle and what was the strategic planning that was involved?

Search Terms and Sources

Search terms that I have used in my research so far include: Battle of Gettysburg, Planning, George G. Meade and execution. So far these search terms have yielded very little results. I will have to take a little more time to revise the search terms to narrow down the field to get the results I’m looking for.

One secondary source I found is “George G. Meade. By: Smith, Jane Marie, Salem Press Encyclopedia, 2021”

Another secondary source I found is” 20 FATEFUL DECISIONS GETTYSBURG.”

This article discusses twenty critical decisions that helped shape the Battle of Gettysburg, to include decision made by Robert E. Lee sending his army across the Potomac River. This will help me get a better understanding of the mindset everyone was in.

One Primary source is an article called “George Meade’s Mixed Legacy. This article discussed the legacy and leadership of General Meade. Meade was given command of the Army in June 1863. This source will further my research in understanding General Meade’s leadership.

Thesis Statement

Based on my research to date, I will try to support the following thesis:

The battle of Gettysburg was a major turning point of the Civil War, the Union Army along with the fearless leadership of major general Meade, brought the Union a victory. Major General Meade and his Army was able to stop the efforts of the south creating a win on Union soil.

This statement could change, based on subsequent research.

I plan to write this historical analysis for military troops who are interested in learning more about the battle of Gettysburg and the tactics involved with winning the battle. This particular audience will have a general understanding in military terms and their usage.

In writing for this audience, I plan to focusing more on the planning and leadership styles used back then compared to today’s military tactics and training. I also want to cover the impact the battle had not only on its soldiers but there community .

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