One of the most important battles of the U.S. Civil War
--and indeed of all U.S. history -- was the battle of
Gettysburg. During the three days July 1-3, 1863, the
country held its collective breath. This titanic struggle
between the Confederate Army of North Virginia commanded
by Robert E. Lee and the Union Army of the Potomac under
General George Meade may have ultimately decided the war.
If the South had won a major victory, some historians
believe that it would have caused the Confederacy to gain
international recognition and support from England and
France, humiliated Abraham Lincoln, and resulted in a
negotiated end to the war on the Confederacy's terms.
This simulation of the battle is a test to pit your
decisions as Robert E. Lee against what actually happened.
Many historians write that this battle was not Lee's best
battle and that certain choices could have dramatically
improved the fate of his army on these three critical
This is not a contest, only a bit of experimental
"counterfactual" history to see what might have
been, and a test of your own generalship.